Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cook Medical recalls more than 4 million catheters due to polymer degradation.

Medscape (5/4, Brooks, 302K) says Cook Medical “has voluntarily recalled 4,146,309 catheters with Beacon Tip technology because of reports of polymer degradation of the catheter tip,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. The polymer degradation can result in “tip fracture and/or separation,” which can cause “loss of device function, separation of a device segment leading to medical intervention, or complications resulting from a separated segment.” So far, Cook Medical has received 30 reports about the defect. 

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