Recall of Abbott Diagnostics ReagentPhenobarbital for ARCHITECT cSystems & AEROSET System

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Abbott Laboratories Inc..

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 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Phenobarbital Reagent - Product Code DLZ
  • Reason
    Erratic elevated results and or the inability to calibrate due to imprecision.
  • Action
    Abbott sent out a product recall letter on 9/26, 2006, to all consignees that received lot numbers 39074HW00, 41008HW00 and 42063HW00. The letter states that the firm has identified a Phenobarbital performance issue that is demonstrated by erratic elevated results and/or the inability to calibrate due to imprecision. Until the cause of this issue is identified, they have discontinued shipment of Phenobarbital reagent. It will be necessary to identity an alternate means for Phenobarbital testing during this time. AXSYM and TDxITDxFLx Phenobarbital are available as alternate testing options (consignee may contact the local sales person or Customer Service). Consignees also advised if they forwarded any of the Clinical Chemistry Phenobarbital lots listed above to another laboratory to provide a copy of the letter to their customer. If there are questions, they are advised to call Customer Service (US consignee) or local sales person (foreign consignee). Letter advises if user currently using or have inventory of lot number 39074HW00, expiration 9/30/06, to run two levels of quality control (QC) every 6 hours and be alert to QC trends. For those using or have inventory of lot numbers 41008HW00 & 42063HW00, they are advised to discontinue use of these lots and destroy them following laboratory procedures. Abbott will provide reimbursement for the destroyed kits. A customer reply form is provided.


  • Model / Serial
    39074HW00 (exp. 9/30/06), 41008HW00 (exp. 10/31/06), 42063HW00 (exp. 12/31/06)
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide distribution ---- USA and countries of of Canada, Chile, Germany, Australia
  • Product Description
    Phenobarbital- Reagent-Clinical Chemistry--List number: 1E08-20-Abbott Diagnostics Division
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Abbott Laboratories Inc., 820 Mission St, South Pasadena CA 91030-3142
  • Source