On January 29th, the FDA revised Penumbra’s Urgent Voluntary Recall of the Jet 7 Catheters with Distal Tip. The FDA has received over 200 reports of adverse reactions to their Medical Device Reporting system (MDRs) including death, serious injury and malfunctions. Serious injuries have been described as vessel damage, hemorrhage, and cerebral infarction. The Penumbra system is used in stroke patients to remove blood clots, during a bench test performed by the manufacturer, the distal tip was not able to withstand the same burst pressure as the other catheters manufactured by the same company.
‘Device failure modes reported in the MDRs include ballooning, expansion, rupture, breakage or complete separation, and exposure of internal support coils near the distal tip region of the JET 7 Xtra Flex catheter.’
Over twenty-thousand devices have been recalled, Health Care officials were notified on December 15th, 2020, when the voluntary recall was initiated.