Recall of Ethicon Mersilene Tape (intended for use in circular suture of the cervix)

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Johnson & Johnson Medical 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 III
  • 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
    Some mersilene tape product codes have been supplied with an incorrect instructions for use (ifu) insert. the product codes subject to this issue have being supplied with a mersilene suture ifu. the indications for mersilene suture are different from the indications for mersilene tape.
  • Action
    Johnson & Johnson are advising users to examine their inventory immediately to determine if they have affected product, and are providing the correct IFU for MERSILENE Tape.


  • Model / Serial
    Ethicon Mersilene Tape (intended for use in circular suture of the cervix)Product Codes: RS21, RS22, D9212All unexpired lotsARTG Number: 165076
  • Manufacturer