Friday, April 24, 2009

I Am Back from Illinois and Punta Mita

I finally have some time and a working computer so that I can update my blog.  I definitely love the warm weather.  As soon as I arrived in Idaho from Mexico, I could barely stand the cold.  My daughter and her twins came to visit for the next 2 weeks.  

The toddlers are asking me "can we go to beach?".  We took them to the park here and one of the babies asked "sun"?  The sun shines constantly in Punta Mita Mexico.  The locals don't have many personal belongings but they are rich in Joy and Love for the Lord.  

I am busily putting a marketing program together that can be duplicated.  I don't want to go back to the corporate world, because working for someone else is creating wealth for the owner of the business.  The corporate world is VERY uncertain.  Employees are a liability, so one hopes that pink slip won't show up on their desk.

The most important thing in life is to fulfill your purpose. Since I have such a bad cold, I will continue this blog tomorrow.  I just wanted to say hi and that my website is back up.  I was in Mexico and my domain expired.  Before purchasing a domain, ask me which company "NOT" to use.

Good Night,

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Medtronic SHUNT Recall

Attention: I just read that the PV shunt that was used in shunting for hydrocephalus is being recalled. I am contacting my Neuro Surgeon regarding my shunt that was placed in 2007. It is a voluntary recall, meaning "they don't have to tell you"! I am sick of the FDA and physicians that don't contact their HUMAN patients. I had my surgery at the University of Utah and Dr. Brockmeyer was the surgeon. I am going to contact him tomorrow regarding the brand he used in my head.

Have a wonderful night. Linda

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News Release

Medtronic Media Contacts:
Jeff Warren, Investor Relations, 763-505-2696
Chuck Grothaus, Public Relations, 763-505-2614

FDA Classifies Medtronic Voluntary February Recall For BioGlide® Ventricular Snap Shunt Catheters (Models 27782, 27708 And 27802) As Class I

MINNEAPOLIS – March 27, 2009 – Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified as Class I its voluntary recall action initiated on February 11, 2009 of its BioGlide® Ventricular Snap Shunt Catheter (Cat. #s 27782, 27708 and 27802) – the cerebral ventricular catheter component of a shunt for the treatment of hydrocephalus. FDA defines Class I recalls as, “a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” This recall action (applicable to units in the United States, Ireland and Australia) involved the retrieval of unused product and safety notification of implanted product of these three catalog numbers of Medtronic Cerebral Ventricular Catheters. Approximately 3,000 catheters have been distributed between 2002 and 2009. It is estimated that there are 300 unused catheters.

As of March 18, 2009, Medtronic completed contact with all users of these catheters. This was completed by visit from its field personnel delivering the recall notification and to retrieve unused products. In addition, Medtronic has notified all its U.S. customers even though they may not have received the affected product. Patients with the implanted shunt system not experiencing symptoms of shunt malfunction should continue to be managed under the standard patient management protocols. If a disconnection occurs, patients may present with a return of the symptoms of hydrocephalus and should be assessed in accordance with standard of care for assessment of shunt malfunction.

The recall involved the following models:
- Innervision Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheter, BioGlide®, Catalog Number 27782
- Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheter, BioGlide®, Catalog Number 27802
- Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheter, BioGlide®, Catalog Number 27708

It has been determined from nine reports of disconnected catheters requiring revision surgery, that the listed ventricular catheters may become detached from the snap base assembly after implantation and that this condition may increase the need for emergency revision surgery. There have been no reports of patient death or permanent serious injury as a result of this issue.

Consequences for a patient with failure of a ventricular catheter may include: nausea, vomiting, headache, lethargy, change in mental status, seizures, visual disturbance, and other more serious conditions. Patients with questions are encouraged to talk with their physician or contact Medtronic Neurosugery at 1-805-571-8400, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. Physicians with medical questions related to this issue or Medtronic therapies should contact Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems can also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at

About Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 25, 2008. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

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Medtronic, Inc. 2009