Recall of VITEK 2 Gram Negative Susceptibility Card, ASTGN44

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Biomerieux 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 1
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  • 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
    System, test, automated, antimicrobial susceptibility, short incubation - Product Code LON
  • Reason
    Amended reason for recall: the piperacillin/tazobactam drug on the antimicrobial susceptibility cards is providing false susceptible and false resistant results for e. coli, as well as an additional 7 organisms; and the same drug is providing false resistant results for k. pneumoniae.
  • Action
    bioMerieux issued a "Product Correction Notice" letter dated September 13, 2010, to their entire customer base (regardless of whether they ever ordered the recalled cards). The letters explained the reason for the recall and instructed the account to confirm all results for E. coli using a second method, and for K. pneumoniae, to confirm with a second method only for resistant results. These alternate test confirmations are to continue until further notice. The customers were to complete and return the enclosed Acknowledgement Form via fax at (314) 731-8689 or (919) 620-6350 which indicate that the notice has been read, the instructions provided in the "Actions Required" section were followed, and notes if they have received any reports of illness or injury related to this issue. All future shipments will include an orange multilanguage insert to go into the boxes reminding customers they must perform an alternate test for TZP/E. coli combinations and that customers must also perform an alternate method prior to reporting TZP results when a resistant result is obtained for the TZP/K. pneumoniae. Additionally, this recall letter will accompany shipments of instrument software kits for the new customers. The recalling firm issued a press release on 10/27/10 via the Associated Press notifying the public of the recall. The recalling firm expanded their recall to add 7 more organisms to the list of organism testing that were to be suppressed. As a result the recalling firm issued a letter dated 3/30/11 via Fed Ex on 4/4/11 flagged "URGENT PRODUCT CORRECTION NOTICE (EXPANDED RECALL), VITEK 2 Piperacillin/Tazobactam Test, Document #9300786." The letter describes the issues, how the issues impact the test results, describes the product changes that are going to take place, and provides instructions on required actions to be taken. The product changes will involve the eventual changeover to new cards that will be created which do not contain Piperacillin/Taz


  • Model / Serial
    All lot numbers
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution: USA (all states), and the countries of: SUBSIDIARIES - Argentina, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Brazil, Sweden, Singapore, and Thailand. DISTRIBUTORS - Dutch Antilles, Australia, Bermuda, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Nicaragua, The Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Philipines, Paraguay, El Salvador, Venice, and Viet Nam.
  • Product Description
    VITEK 2 Gram Negative Susceptibility Card, AST-GN44, REF 410 805, For In Vitro Diagnostic Use, 20 cards/box. The firm names on the label are bioMerieux, Inc., Durham, NC, and bioMerieux sa, 69280 Marcy-l'Etoile France.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Biomerieux Inc, 595 Anglum Rd, Hazelwood MO 63042
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
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