Safety Alert for Alkaline Wash

According to Department of Health, this safety alert involved a device in Hong Kong that was produced by Abbott Laboratories Ltd.

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Alerts provide important information and recommendations about products. Even though an alert has been issued, it does not necessarily mean a product is considered to be unsafe. Safety Alerts, addressed to health workers and users, may include recalls. They can be written by manufacturers, but also by health officials.

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  • Type of Event
    Safety alert
  • Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Hong Kong data is current through September 2018. All of the data comes from the Department of Health (Hong Kong), 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 data from the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Medical Device Safety Alert
  • Reason
    Medical device safety alert: abbott laboratories alkaline wash medical device manufacturer, abbott laboratories ltd, has issued a field safety notice concerning alkaline wash, with the following details: list number: 9d31-20 lot number: 49059un14 expiration date: 4 march 2016 the manufacturer is recalling the affected product due to leaking and/or material received with loose bottle caps that may have leaked during shipment the manufacturer has given the following advice to users: - while wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (ppe), visually inspect the inventory. if users observe any signs of leakage or loose caps, they should discontinue use and dispose of any remaining inventory of those kits in accordance with their institution’s policies and procedures. if users do not observe any signs of leakage or loose caps, they may continue to use the product following the precautions per the architect system operations manual and the safety data sheet. according to the local supplier, the affected product is distributed in hong kong. if you are in possession of the affected products, please contact your supplier for necessary actions. posted on 18 may 2015.


  • Model / Serial
  • Product Description
    Medical Device Safety Alert: Abbott Laboratories Alkaline Wash
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We are in constant communication with regulatory agencies and competent authorities worldwide which allows us to implement global recalls or in-country communication quickly and effectively,” Abbott, which now owns St. Jude Medical told ICIJ in a statement. In addition to sending global notices to physicians worldwide, we also make sure that product advisories are available online and classification of product recalls and product advisories are determined by global regulatory bodies which can impact the timing in any given country. MD companies follow varying regulations in different countries. In come countries software is not regulated so a recall in one country related to software would not be classified as a recall or field action in another. In addition, review cycles within the regulatory process can be different in each country which can impact communication and recall timing.
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