“If our surveillance systems identify a potential performance issue, our personnel promptly evaluate the problem, including, when appropriate, conducting root cause investigations and internal testing to assess whether the product continues to meet specifications and defined performance criteria,” Medtronic told ICIJ in a statement. “In some cases, based on this evaluation, Medtronic may determine that a recall is necessary.” The company said that it communicates with healthcare providers and/or patients and provide recommendations to address such issues. Medtronic noted that these communications can include letters, emails, calls, press releases, physician notifications and social media postings, as well as informing the FDA and other regulators of the actions.
The ENDURANT endoprosthesis system is designed to treat infrarenal abdominal aortic or aortic iliac aorticilies using an endovascular technique. Once placed within the ureurysm, the enduran stent offers an alternative permanent conduit for blood flow within the vascular system of the patient, since it excludes the aneurysmal sac from blood flow and pressure.