Investors reacted to the CNBC report this morning by sending share prices down 2.5% to $493.25 in pre-market trading before opening at $493 even. ISRG shares were trading at $495.01 as of about 2.1 this morning, down 2.1% from yesterday’s $505.80 close.
The cable news channel reported this morning that Intuitive "issued an ‘urgent medical device notification’ alerting hospitals that it has ‘identified a potential issue’ with the scissors.
The cracks in the EndoWrist monopolar curved scissors can cause leaks that "may create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury," according to the warning. "These micro-cracks may not be visible to the user."
"To date, in over a million surgeries with these instruments, the company has no confirmed evidence of patient injury attributable to this issue," Intuitive told CNBC today.