Safety Alert for ETHICON SUTURES

According to Food and Drug Administration Philippines, this safety alert involved a device in Philippines that was produced by N/A.

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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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  • Notes / Alerts
    Data from the Philippines is current through 2019. All of the data comes from the Food and Drug Administration Philippines, 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 Philippines.
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  • Reason
    Fda advisory no. 2017-320 public health warning against the use of unregistered medical device (sutures) the food and drug administration (fda) hereby advises all concerned healthcare professionals, establishments and general consuming public against the purchase and use of ethicon sutures whose pictures appear below. has not been issued with proper authorization in the form of certificate of product registration. pursuant to the provisions of republic act no. 9711, otherwise known as the “food and drug administration act of 2009”, the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of any health product that is adulterated, unregistered or misbranded are prohibited. the abovementioned products did not undergo the evaluation process of the fda. thus, the agency cannot guarantee their quality and safety. furthermore, fda, in coordination with the market authorization holder (mah), johnson & johnson philippines, inc., has verified that the above-stated medical device products are counterfeit. in this regard, the public is hereby advised not to purchase the above-mentioned violative products and to be vigilant against the medical device products that are not registered with the fda. distributors, retailers, hospitals and all healthcare professionals/users are advised to discontinue further distribution, sale and use of the said medical device products. all local government units (lgus) and law enforcement agencies (leas) are requested to ensure that these products are not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction. for more information and inquiries, please email us at this email address is being protected from spambots. you need javascript enabled to view it. or call the product research and development division - center for device regulation, radiation health and research of the fda at telephone no. (02) 857-1900 loc. 8301. dissemination of the information to all concerned is requested. attachments: fda advisory no. 2017-320.Pdf.


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