Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
Recall of ThermoGenesis AXP Bag Sets 8-5101-ThermoGenesis Corporation
DATE RECALL INITIATED:
February 19, 2008
PRODUCT / LOT NUMBER/EXPIRATION DATE:
Disposable Processing Set for the AXP System 8-5101 (Box of 24)
Rancho Cordova, CA
ThermoGenesis has discovered that some lots of its AXP Bag Sets 8-5101 were distributed prior to the performance of endotoxin (pyrogen) testing. These lots were not assayed for endotoxins with Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a manufacturing release test. Therefore, the absence of pyrogens in the bag sets comprising these lots cannot be assured.
Empty Bag Set Inventory:
ThermoGenesis Corporation is asking customers to determine if you have any of the recalled lot on hand and to follow the “Steps for Voluntary Recall” instructions to return the recalled bag sets to ThermoGenesis Corporation.
Stored Cord Blood Units:
If you have already processed cord blood with AXP 8-5101 bag sets from the affected lots listed on the attachment, you should be aware that if endotoxins are present in the bag sets, there could be a significant adverse health outcome (e.g., fever, sepsis) which would necessitate medical intervention. The probability of endotoxins being present in the bag sets in significant amounts is low.
FDA believes that the distribution of cord blood products processed with AXP 8-5101 bag sets from recalled lots should only occur when no comparable cord blood product is available. We recommend that information about the reason for the recall of the AXP 8-5101 bag sets used to process and store the cord blood product be prominently displayed, i.e. “Tagged”, in the registry listing for these cord blood products.
Although currently there is no testing available for cryopreserved cord blood units, ThermoGenesis is in the validation phase of a post-thaw endotoxin screening protocol using an FDA licensed test system. ThermoGenesis will provide more information on this screening protocol when it becomes available.
FDA does not believe that notification of those patients who have received cord blood processed with an AXP 8-5101 bag set from an affected lot is required at this time.