Urgent Recall for Penumbra JET 7 Xtra Flex Reperfusion Catheters

Megan Brooks

December 16, 2020

Penumbra has issued an urgent recall of all configurations of the Penumbra JET 7 Reperfusion Catheter With Xtra Flex Technology (JET 7 Xtra Flex), owing to the risk for "unexpected death or serious injury" during use for clot removal in stroke patients.

"All users should stop using this device, and facilities should remove these devices from inventory," the recall notice, posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, advises.

The recall covers the JET 7 Xtra Flex catheter, which was cleared for use in June 2019, and the JET 7MAX configuration (which includes the JET 7 Xtra Flex catheter and MAX Delivery Device), which was cleared in February of this year.

The recall does not apply to the Penumbra JET 7 Reperfusion Catheter With Standard Tip.

The FDA says it has received over 200 medical device reports (MDRs) associated with the JET 7 Xtra Flex catheter, including reports of deaths, serious injuries, and malfunctions.

Twenty of these MDRs describe 14 unique patient deaths. Other MDRs describe serious patient injury, such as vessel damage, hemorrhage, and cerebral infarction.

Device malfunctions described in the reports 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.

According to the FDA, bench testing by the manufacturer, in which the catheter distal tip is plugged and pressurized to failure, indicates that the JET 7 Xtra Flex catheter is not able to withstand the same burst pressures to failure as the manufacturer's other large-bore aspiration catheters used to remove thrombus for patients with acute ischemic stroke.

Penumbra's urgent medical device recall letter advises healthcare providers and facilities to remove and quarantine all unused devices covered by this recall, to complete the product identification and return form, and to return all products to Penumbra in accordance with instructions provided.

For questions regarding this recall, contact Penumbra customer service by phone at 1-888-272-4606 or by email at notification@penumbrainc.com.

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