Recall of Etest PIPTAZO PTC 256 (used for testing of Enterobacteria strains). An in vitro diagnostic medical device (IVD)

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Biomerieux Australia Pty Ltd.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class I
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Australian data is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of recall data from the U.S. and Australia.
  • Extra notes in the data
  • Reason
    It has been identified that isolates (enterobacteria strains) were tested with agar dilution and broth micro dilution reference method:using eucast breakpoints (mic< or =8: susceptible ; mic>16: resistant), etest pip/tazo showed a higher frequency of erroneous results, false susceptible results, when comparing to the referenced method (broth-micro dilution).The risk to patients as a result of the performance shift is the potential for reporting erroneous results for piperacillin/tazobactam; specifically false susceptible results. this risk may lead to medical intervention for the patient because the erroneous result could negatively influence the selection of antibiotic therapy.
  • Action
    Biomerieux is advising users to discontinue use and discard any remaining units. Biomerieux is advising users to discuss any concerns regarding previously reported results with the Laboratory Medical Director. This action has been closed-out on 31/08/2016.