Recall of AxSYM Rubella IgM Reagent Pack

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.

Learn more about the data here
  • 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
    Reagent - Product Code LFX
  • Reason
    Failure of the axsym instrument to open (actuate) some reagent packs from certain lots. the defects can result in probe crashes if not detected prior to placement of the reagent kit on the axym instrument.
  • Action
    Abbott initiated a field correction recall by letter dated 4/23/07 to all customers receiving the affected reagents. The accounts were informed of the failure of the AxSYM to open (actuate) some reagent packs with the affected lots. The accounts were requested to inspect each reagent pack for broken or improperly sealed caps; manually open each bottle to ensure the flipper bar raises the reagent cap correctly; close each flipper bar prior to loading the reagent pack on the instrument; and discard any reagent packs that do not open properly. If the user observes a probe crash, prior to testing samples again, the user must perform a probe crash recovery following the procedure in the Operations Manual. If necessary, they need to replace the probe. If a probe crash recovery is not performed, subsequent results may be impacted. The customers were requested to retain a copy of the letter for their records. Customers requiring additional information were directed to contact Abbott Customer Service at 1-877-422-2688.


  • Model / Serial
    list 04B46; 50061M100
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide, including USA, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Venezuela.
  • Product Description
    AxSYM Rubella IgM Reagent Pack; list 04B46; 100 test pack; in-vitro diagnostic; Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL 60064
  • 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.
  • Source