Da Vinci Robot Maker May Have Violated FDA Regulations by Failing to Report Consumer Warning to Regulators, Reports Alonso Krangle

June 27, 2013

Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the Da Vinci robot for surgical procedures, has recently received written notification from the FDA that the company may have violated federal regulations when sending out letters to customers without first alerting the FDA about these communications.

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The FDA has recently sent a “483” letter to Intuitive Surgical, the make of the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, informing the company that it may have failed to abide by federal regulations when, in October 2011, the company sent out letters to its customers without first notifying the FDA regarding the Da Vinci robot reports CNBC.com. FDA 483 letters are intended to notify companies like Intuitive Surgical of potential violations of federal regulations they may have committed, and these FDA letters allow companies the chance to rebut any alleged violations before a final determination is made.

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According to CNBC.com, the letters that Intuitive Surgical had sent to hospitals and surgeons throughout the U.S. offered suggestions and recommendations for using Da Vinci robot for surgical procedures, particularly when it came to dealing with the complication of “arcing” of the device’s tip cover. Arcing is a possible Da Vinci robotic surgery complication that takes place when an electrical current jumps from the tip of the device into a patient during surgery, possibly causing serious injury to the patient.

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In response to the FDA’s 483 letter, Intuitive Surgical has stated that the letters it sent to customers in October 2011 simply reiterated labeling directions associated with Da Vinci robots. As a result, Intuitive Surgical says that the company documented the letters as “a non-reportable field action” with the FDA because the letters did not require a labeling change to the existing, FDA-approved Da Vinci robot labels. The FDA is currently reviewing Intuitive Surgical’s response and has yet to make a final ruling on whether the company did, in fact, violate federal regulations.

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FDA Probe of Da Vinci Robot Surgical Complications

Intuitive Surgical has been the target of various FDA actions in 2013, with the recent controversy over whether Intuitive Surgical violated federal regulations when sending letters to consumers in October 2011 being the latest run in with federal regulators. Prior to this, in March 2013, the FDA announced that it would be conducting a national investigation into the causes of a recent spike in the number of reports of Da Vinci robot surgery complications the agency has received. Since January 2012, the FDA has received reports of at least five patient deaths allegedly linked to Da Vinci robot complications, and the FDA’s database indicates that about 500 new reports have been filed by Intuitive Surgical alone. Whether the surge reported Da Vinci complications is “a true reflection of problems” with these devices or whether it is due to other issues is the main focus of the FDA’s ongoing investigation, according to Synim Rivers, an FDA spokeswoman. “It is difficult to know why the reports have increased,” she stated.

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