Orthopedic Surgical Tool Recall
The Food and Drug Administration is notifying healthcare professionals that ConMed Linvatec Universal Cables and Power Pro Hand pieces are being recalled. The Class 1 recall of this product on September 9th is due to reports of unintentional self-activation of the power tools because of a switch problem, tool movement in unplanned directions, and the continued running of the product after the trigger is released. The hand pieces that were recalled were distributed between the 29th of March 2002 and June 24th 2009 and the recalled cables were distributed from January 24th of 2001 on through until February 27th, 2009.
The FDA classified the recall as a class 1 medical device recall because the device has a reasonable possibility of injury or death. ConMed has only reported two, not so serious, injuries that have occurred due to the faulty product.
We are unaware of whether or not these cases resulted in attorney lawsuits.