Recall of Alere i Influenza A & B

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Alere Scarborough, Inc. dba Binax, 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 Initiated Date
  • 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
    Respiratory virus panel nucleic acid assay system - Product Code OCC
  • Reason
    High invalid rate and an increased risk of false negative results with certain lots of the alere i influenza a & b kit.
  • Action
    Alere sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter dated April 23, 2015 to their customers. The letter identified the affected product, problem and actions to be taken. Customers were instructed to stop using the product and discard any unused product. Customers asked to complete and return the Verification form within 10 days to confirm receipt of the recall notification and to request credit. For questions about the information contained in the notification, contact Alere Technical Services, Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm EST. Telephone: (855) 731-2288 or E-mail: t For questions regarding the status of your credit, please contact your AI ere i distributor or E-mail:


  • Model / Serial
    PN 425-024, LN 0072633 (United States Distribution) and PN 425-000, LN 0073888 (distributed in Hong Kong, Singapore - evaluation use only)
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US Nationwide in the states of AL CA CT FL IA ID IL IN KY LA MD MO MS NC NE NJ OH PA SC TN TX and the countries of: Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Product Description
    Alere i Influenza A & B || Product Usage: || The Alere i Influenza A and B assay, performed on the Alere i Instrument, is a rapid molecular in vitro diagnostic test utilizing an isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology for the qualitative detection and discrimination of influenza A and B viral RNA in nasal swabs from patients with signs and symptoms of respiratory infection. It is intended for use as an aid in the differential diagnosis of influenza A and B viral infections in humans, in conjunction with clinical and epidemiological risk factors. The assay is not intended to detect the presence of influenza C virus.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Alere Scarborough, Inc. dba Binax, Inc., 10 Southgate Rd, Scarborough ME 04074-8303
  • 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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