FDA says Medtronic's Sherpa delivery catheter field action is Class I recall
Medtronic announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,FDA, has classified the company's voluntary field action initiated in March 2019 related to the 6F Sherpa NX Active Coronary Guide Catheter as a Class I recall. The catheter is used during coronary and peripheral interventional procedures. This issue does not affect the Medtronic Launcher(R) Coronary Guide Catheter or other Medtronic coronary stents, balloons or implantable devices. In response to receiving six complaints, Medtronic conducted a thorough investigation of certain lots of the product and determined that the affected catheters may have a potential to lose outer material from a distal component that could result in the underlying stainless-steel braid wires being exposed after insertion. While Medtronic has received no reports of patient injuries, as a precaution, Medtronic has voluntarily recalled all models of the 6F Sherpa NX Active Catheters due to potential patient risks associated with this issue. The issue has been reported to FDA and other regulatory authorities. Customers using the catheter have been asked to return all affected inventory to Medtronic.