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Physicians weigh in on J&J power morcellator recall

Days after Johnson & Johnson pulled its devices for minimally invasive hysterectomies from the global market, physicians are shedding light on alternative surgical methods and questioning the recall's implications for women undergoing the procedure.

FDA hits ConvaTec with Class I recall for fecal management system

The FDA issued a Class I recall status, its most serious, to medical device maker ConvaTec for its fecal management system that is blamed for one death and a dozen injuries. The company began its own recall of the system, which was not cleared for marketing by the FDA, in April.  

Covidien recalls potentially faulty Hydrofinity guidewire

Covidien has issued a recall of its Hydrofinity Hydrophilic Guidewire due to the potential for damage to the outer polymer jackets of the device during use. The company said it has notified the FDA of the action.

CareFusion runs into more 'deadly' trouble with infusion pump

CareFusion's Alaris pump is again the subject of a recall, earning the FDA's most serious designation over a software problem that can muddle scheduled infusions and put patients at risk.

Abbott's diabetes biz hit with its third Class I recall in a year

Add two more Abbott Laboratories diabetes products to the list of items deemed potentially deadly by the FDA. Five of the company's diabetes offerings have now been subject to the agency's most serious recall label in the past year.

Yes, U.S. med tech recalls have doubled since 2003--but so has the market

"Medical device recalls nearly doubled in a decade," proclaims The Wall Street Journal 's headline--a bit of data the FDA is expected to release Friday that seems likely to travel far on social media. Critics are already making hay, questioning the rigor of pre-market vetting at the FDA.

Word of a $16M Coloplast vaginal-mesh settlement spurs global resolution talk

Danish medical device maker Coloplast is said to have paid $16 million to settle lawsuits claiming it injured women with vaginal-mesh inserts. With settlement talk swirling around at least 5 more makers of the plagued devices, that has some watchers saying the time may be ripe for a global settlement.

J&J gets good news in vaginal mesh suit

Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon division won big in an ongoing suit regarding its vaginal mesh implants: After one week of testimony, a federal district judge in Charleston, WV, ruled that the company's pelvic mesh product did not cause injury.

Teleflex triggered a global recall for a tracheal tube that can crease during use

A Teleflex subsidiary is voluntarily recalling one of its tracheal tubes because of reports that it can kink during use and cut off a patient's air supply. The FDA slapped its Class I recall designation on the Pennsylvania company's action, meaning the defect carries with it a risk of major injury or death.

Tandem expands its voluntary recall of the t:slim insulin pump

Tandem Diabetes Care is expanding a voluntary recall of specific lots of insulin cartridges used with its t:slim insulin pump. The cartridges may be at risk of leaking, resulting in over- or under-doses of insulin.