Safety Alert Or Field Safety Notices for Adept acetabular cups

According to Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, this safety alert or field safety notices involved a device in United Kingdom that was produced by Finsbury Orthopaedics.

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Field safety notices are communications sent out by medical device manufacturers or their representatives in relation to actions that they may be taking in relation to their product that is on the market. These are mainly for health workers, but also for users. They can include recalls and alerts.

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  • Type of Event
    Safety alert / Field Safety Notice
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  • Notes / Alerts
    Data from the United Kingdom is current through April 2019. All of the data comes from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, 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 the United Kingdom.
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  • Reason
    Inappropriate mixing of head and cup sizes due to incorrect labelling of the cups. the need for early revision due to loose joint fit as a result of mislabelled cups. some acetabular cups manufactured by finsbury orthopaedics have been labelled with the wrong cup diameter. the manufacturer recalled affected products in august 2007 (see mhra website for field safety notice). the manufacturer has provided mhra with a list of uk affected products (see appendix). affected products were distributed to uk hospitals between 17/11/2006 and 19/02/2007.
  • Action
    Identify and quarantine any unimplanted affected devices (see appendix). DO NOT implant affected devices. Return affected devices to the manufacturer. Review the post operative X-rays of these patients to identify size mismatch of head and cup. In patients with mismatched devices: consider the need for implant revision where implants are not being revised, consider measuring serial serum cobalt and chromium levels to monitor implant wear over time if monitoring reveals these levels are increasing, re-consider the need for implant revision. Set up systems to report all revisions with these incorrectly labelled cups to the implant manufacturer and the MHRA.


  • Model / Serial
  • Product Description
    Hip resurfacing implants. Adept acetabular cups manufactured by Finsbury Orthopaedics (see appendix for affected lot codes). Adept acetabular cups (48mm and 52mm). Affected UK lot codes (see appendix).
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