Recall of Device Recall Expel Drainage Catheter with TwistLoc Hub Biliary Drainage Catheter and BiliaryDrainage Catheter Kit

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

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
    Catheter, biliary, diagnostic - Product Code FGE
  • Reason
    Complaints of device fragmentation after the catheter was implanted in the biliary system. the most serious patient risk for this issue is additional intervention for fragment retrieval using minimally invasive methods and, in some of the reported cases, this was performed to retrieve the device fragments.
  • Action
    Boston Scientific sent an Urgent Medical Device Correction - Immediate Action Required letter dated February 5, 2015. to all affected customers. The letter identified the product the problem and the action needed to be taken by the customer. The letter described the problem and the product involved in the recall. Advised consignees to complete and return the "Recall Removal Reply Verification Tracking Form". Your local Sales Representative can answer any questions you may have regarding this Field Correction notice. For further questions please call (763) 494- 7971.


  • Model / Serial
    UPN # LOT # H7493933108200 17245003, 17416605, 17489192 H7493933108350 17245004, 17245005, 17370709, 17408756 H749393310835K1 17411333, 17493554 H7493933110200 17318047 H7493933110350 17275822, 17438003, 17494025, 17501572 H749393311035K1 17328808, 17403871, 17416578, 17459144 H7493933110400 17275824, 17416608 H7493933112350 17245006, 17259580, 17275819 H7493933114350 17275815, 17338207 with Expiration Dates between January 30, 2016 and May 8, 2016
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US Distribution to the states of : CA, WI, FL and OH., and to the countries of: Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Netherlands and Portugal.
  • Product Description
    Various Lots of Expel Drainage Catheter with TwistLoc Hub Biliary Drainage Catheter and Biliary Drainage Catheter Kits
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Boston Scientific Corporation, 1 Scimed Pl, Maple Grove MN 55311-1565
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “We take a patient-first approach to assessing the applicability of every recall and communicate to regulatory bodies in all geographies where the recalled device is sold,” Boston Scientific said in a statement to ICIJ. “We have coordinated several recalls across many countries in a timely manner,” the company said, adding that it complies with all national laws, which can often vary and require different processes for reporting information or taking action on recalls. The company said it uses a rigorous and uniform process to take action on recalls and that “when we initiate a field action (e.g. recall, safety alert), every customer who has received an affected product receives a communication that includes a letter for the physician.”
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