NuVasive MAGEC System Lawsuits

NuVasive recalled its MAGEC system after reports of endcaps detaching from implanted rods. Injuries include possible bone abnormalities, back pain and local tissue reactions.

Last Modified: May 15, 2024
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Why Did People File Lawsuits Against NuVasive?

Caregivers and parents filed lawsuits against NuVasive because the endcaps of the MAGEC rods could detach and cause health problems.

NuVasive recalled the MAGEC system in February 2020 after it received reports of a mechanical component failure in which the endcaps were separating from the rods of the device.

In July 2020, the Food and Drug Administration cleared a new version of the MAGEC X rod that was intended to help with the endcap problem, but the agency began receiving reports of tissue reactions potentially related to endcap separation in early 2021.

The FDA raised concerns in a safety communication on July 15, 2021, that internal components exposed by the detached cap may be incompatible with the body. NuVasive is still investigating these potential biocompatibility issues.

As of June 2024, there have been no important developments in this litigation. Drugwatch’s legal partners are currently not accepting NuVasive MAGEC lawsuit cases.

MAGEC Rod Complications

Several studies have documented problems with MAGEC devices over the years. Reported complications and MAGEC system side effects range from device failure to inflammatory reactions from metal particles released into the tissues around the implant.

In these studies, complication rates ranged from 18% to 57%. A number of patients had to undergo additional unplanned surgeries to deal with device complications.

One 2019 study published in Asian Spine Journal found magnetically controlled growing rods were effective at treating pediatric scoliosis, but nearly half of the patients still developed complications or required unplanned operations.

Complications reported in studies include:
  • Rod breakage
  • Fixation failure
  • Fractured drive pin
  • Infection
  • Tissue death (necrosis)
  • Metal particles released from wear
  • Screw breakage
  • Spinal deformities
  • Autofusion of the spine

Which MAGEC Devices Have Been Recalled?

NuVasive issued a recall for its MAGEC system in February 2020. The company placed a global shipping hold on the devices in April 2021 because of biocompatibility concerns, and then it removed the hold in July 2021.

Currently, only the MAGEC X rods (MAGEC 2b) that were modified to lessen problems with endcap separation are available to American patients. U.S. labeling on the device now includes information about potential risks.

Devices affected by the recall are:
  • MAGEC Spinal Bracing and Distraction System
  • MAGEC 2 Spinal Bracing and Distraction System
  • MAGEC System
  • MAGEC System Model X device
  • MAGEC System Model X rod
  • MAGEC System Rods

The FDA continues to receive reports of tissue problems related to endcap separation even after the rods were redesigned. However, the agency determined the benefits of the MAGEC device currently outweigh the potential risks of biocompatibility and tissue reactions.

FDA Recommendations
FDA doesn’t recommend removal of functioning MAGEC rods at this time. If the patient suffers from unexpected back pain they should see a doctor. The doctor may need to perform an examination and take X-rays to check on the implant.
Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.