Maquet recalls TigerPaw II heart device over defect linked to fatal heart surgery complications

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by Michael Heygood

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a class 1 recall of the TigerPaw System II, a medical device used during heart surgery that is manufactured by Maquet Medical Systems. According to the FDA recall announcement, the TigerPaw II may cause tissue tearing or bleeding when used during heart surgery. The FDA has received at list 51 reports of adverse events linked to the TigerPaw II, including at least one death.

The Tiger Paw System II is a type of surgical staple used to close tissue in the left atrial appendage (LAA) of the heart during surgery. However, Maquet has received reports that the device is actually tearing the LAA and causing it to bleed, putting patients at risk of serious and potentially fatal health consequences.

The recall notice announced by the FDA involves 4,154 TigerPaw II devices that were distributed by Maquet between April 2013 and March 2015. Hospitals and other medical facilities who have purchased TigerPaw II devices will receive a letter from Maquet informing them: “Urgent Medical Device Recall (Removal) Immediate Action Required”. These facilities have been instructed to inventory and quarantine any TigerPaw II devices still at their facilities in order to make sure that they are not used.

The FDA has cited Maquet for several violations at its manufacturing facilities in recent years. Maquet recalled 45 medical devices between 2009 and 2014, including five Class 1 recalls, the most serious type ordered by the FDA. In February 2015, the FDA and Maquet reached a $6 million settlement to end a federal lawsuit filed in New Hampshire over poor quality control at three of the company’s subsidiaries.

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