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Cardinal Begins Recall of 9.1M Surgical Gowns Amid Sterility Concerns
January 23, 2020
Details of the quality problems and Cardinal’s response to them have trickled out in January. Cardinal told customers it learned of problems with environmental conditions at a site that makes gowns last week, leading to a voluntary product hold. At that stage, Cardinal wanted customers to segregate and discontinue use of the affected surgical gowns.
“There are very real consequences that medical device supply chain disruptions can have on patients, and we’re committed to taking steps we can mitigate any adverse patient impact,” Shuren said in FDA’s statement last week.
Recently, Cardinal went a step further, issuing an urgent medical device recall notice covering single-sterile and bulk non-sterile Non-Reinforced Surgical Gowns, Fabric-Reinforced Surgical Gowns and RoyalSilk Non-Reinforced Surgical Gowns made between September 2018 and January 2020.
Of the 9.1 million gowns covered by the recall, 7.7 million units have already been distributed. The gowns went to around 2,800 facilities, each of which will need to take action.
Pulling that many products from the market could affect the availability of gowns. Cardinal is aiming to mitigate the risk of disruption by increasing output of similar products, working with competitors to get their gowns to customers and providing gowns designed for use in higher-risk procedures.
The mitigating actions are needed in part because Cardinal cannot rely on the contract manufacturer at the root of the recall for support. The contract manufacturer is accused of making some gowns at sites that were neither registered with FDA nor qualified by Cardinal.
Written by: Nick Paul Taylor
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