Cook Medical Zilver PTX Drug Eluting Peripheral Stent Class 1 Recall


Cook Medical, Inc Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent: Class 1 Recall – Complaints of Delivery System Tip Separation

AUDIENCE: Cardiology, Surgery, Risk Manager

ISSUE: Cook Medical received a small number of complaints that the delivery system of the device had separated at the tip of the inner catheter. Potential adverse events that may occur in cases where the inner deliver catheter breakage occurs include possible surgery to remove the catheter tip, vascular occlusion due to an unretrieved catheter tip, thrombosis, amputation, possible cardiac arrest, and death.  This recall includes all sizes, diameters and lot numbers prior to April 16, 2013.

BACKGROUND: The Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent is a self-expanding, small metal, mesh tube with the outer surface coated with the drug Paclitaxel that is implanted in an artery of the thigh. The Paclitaxel coating helps prevents the artery from narrowing again. The Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent acts as a scaffold to hold open a narrowed artery caused by Peripheral Artery Disease in the legs and to improve blood flow.

The Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent was manufactured from Dec. 1, 2012 through April 16, 2013 and distributed from Dec. 13, 2012 through April 16, 2013.

RECOMMENDATION: Cook Medical sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter dated April 24, 2013 to all affect customers. The letter identified the affected products, description of the problem, and actions to be taken. The letter instructed customers to stop use, quarantine, and return all affected products for credit to Cook Medical.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online:
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178. 

Read the MedWatch safety alert, including links to the Recall Notice and Press Release, at:

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