Medtronic Recalls Brain Catheters Over Malfunctions
By Melissa Lipman
Law360, New York (March 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Medtronic Inc. unit that manufactures neurological medical devices has recalled 300 unused ventricular catheters of the roughly 3,000 that the company has shipped since late 2002 after several reports that the device had detached from its snap shunt, causing some patients' symptoms related to a fluid buildup in the brain to return.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the recall its most serious label — Class 1 — on Friday. The agency reserves the classification for products whose continued use could lead to serious...