Recall of BD Vacutainer Plus Plastic Citrate Blood Collection Tube

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Becton Dickinson & Company.

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 Status
    Open, Classified
  • Event Country
  • 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
    Tubes, vials, systems, serum separators, blood collection - Product Code JKA
  • Reason
    Approximately 3.4% of bd vacutainer plus plastic citrate blood collection tubes (2.7ml) (light blue top tube) will exhibit over fill draw volumes from ~11-14%.
  • Action
    BD began notifying distributors on April 11, 2018. Customer communications were mailed on April 12-13th, 2018. US customers will be sent a letter via UPS beginning April 12, 2018. Distributors were e-mailed on April 11, 2018 and requested that they provide a list of their consignees to facilitate mailing to end users BD Regions will be contacted via email regarding distribution outside of the US Distributors were instructed to return customer lists to BD. Letters will be mailed with UPS tracking, which provides for a 100% effectiveness check. Customer response form will be tabulated. 100% of non-responders will be contacted by phone.


  • Model / Serial
    All lots
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    US/PR-All 50 states and PR Global-AR, BO, BR, BS, BZ, CA, CO, CR, CW, DO, EC, GT, GY, IN, JM, JP, KR, MX, NI, PA, PE, SG, SR, SV, TT, TW, UY, VI Dates of distribution: June 2, 2017 to the present.
  • Product Description
    The BD Vacutainer Plus Plastic Citrate Blood Collection Tube is an evacuated blood collection tube that provides a means of collecting, transporting, and processing blood in a closed tube. The buffered sodium citrate additive provides an anticoagulated specimen that may be used for clinical laboratory coagulation assays.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Becton Dickinson & Company, 1 Becton Dr, Franklin Lakes NJ 07417-1815
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source