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Medtronic stops distribution of HeartWare HVAD system in United States.

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Last updated:11th Oct 2021
Published:10th Jun 2021
The FDA is alerting health care providers to no longer implant end-stage heart failure patients with Medtronic’s Heartware Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) System due to a growing body of observational clinical comparisons that demonstrates a higher frequency of neurological adverse events and mortality associated with the system when compared to other commercially available devices, as well as complaints that the internal pump may delay or fail to restart.

Medtronic is stopping the distribution and sale of the HVAD System and has issued an Urgent Medical Device Communication Notification Letter External Link Disclaimer requesting physicians to stop new implants of the device. This action comes after the company received over 100 complaints involving delay or failure to restart of the HVAD pump, including reports of 14 patient deaths and 13 cases where an explant was necessary. According to Medtronic, there are approximately 2,000 patients in the U.S. implanted with the device and 4,000 worldwide.

Condition: Heart Failure
Type: drug

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