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Medtronic 8870 Software Application Card Version AAA 02

Class I Recall
Date Recall

August 24, 2004



8870 software application card version AAA 02, which is used in conjunction with the Model 8840 N’Vision Clinician Programmer



The software application card is the software that is used with the Medtronic N’Vision Clinician Programmer to control the administration of medication of the Synchromed and Synchromed EL implantable infusion pumps.


Recalling Firm:

Medtronic, Inc.
710 Medtronic Parkway NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55432


Reason for Recall:

Several pump infusion modes require the entry of a time duration or interval. Medtronic has received reports of the entry of hours into the minutes field, which has resulted in deaths and injuries due to drug overdose.


Public Contact:

Questions about this recall should be directed to Medtronic at 800-328-0810, extension 88608.


FDA District:



FDA Comment:

Customers should follow instructions sent to them by Medtronic, Inc. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious injury or death.



For additional information on this product recall, see the Medtronic Press Release.

Also, for additional information on this product recall, see the FDA Enforcement Report