Recall of ARCHITECT HAVABM Assay Reagent

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

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
    Hepatitis a test (antibody and igm antibody) - Product Code LOL
  • Reason
    The havab-m reagent lot has reduced specificity and may cause an increase in false grayzone and/or false reactive results.
  • Action
    Abbott Laboratories issued a Product Recall letters dated April 20, 2011 to all affected customers that received ARCHITECT HAVAB-M reagent, lot 93794HN00. The letters informed the accounts of the increased grayzone and/or reactive results and were instructed to discontinue use of the lot and destroy any remaining inventory of the lot according to laboratory procedures. If the account did not have an alternate lot of reagent, they were told to continue using the recalled lot until their lab receives the replacement lot, and to perform supplemental testing with another HAVAB-M method to confirm the results for all specimens that are grayzone or reactive. The accounts were also requested to complete and fax back to Abbott the enclosed customer reply sheet, acknowledging the receipt and understanding of the recall. For further questions regarding this please contact Abbott at 1-877-422-688


  • Model / Serial
    List 6L21-25, lot 93794HN00, expiration date 2011-09-15
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide Distribution including Puerto Rico
  • Product Description
    ARCHITECT HAVAB-M Assay Reagent; a chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA) for the qualitative detection of IgM antibody to hepatitis A virus (IgM anti-HAV) in human adult and pediatric serum and plasma (dipotassium EDTA, lithium heparin, and sodium heparin) and neonatal serum; Distributed by Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL 60064 USA, List 6L21-25
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Abbott Laboratories, 100 Abbott Park Rd, Abbott Park IL 60064-3502
  • 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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