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Nine, Inc. 20-Jan-04

Department of Health and Human Services' logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

 

Center for Devices and
Radiological Health
2098 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850


JAN 20 2004

WARNING LETTER

CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

President
Nine Inc.
2031 E. Timberlake West Drive
Shelton, Washington 98584-7929

Dear President:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has obtained information from your Internet web sites, <http://www.searchlightdental.com>, and <http://www.nineinc.com>, that reveals a serious regulatory problem involving the Air Supply Mini-Mate AS 150MM Air Purifier, which are commercially distributed by your firm.

Your web site recommends or suggests use of the air purifier to protect against SARS. The web site states that the air purifier "Repels airborne germs and viruses like those that cause SARS, colds, flu," "provides added protection against SARS Coronavirus sized particles," "drives away from the wearer the SARS sized particles," and "can substantially add to the level of SARS protection." Consequently, the Air Supply Mini-Mate is intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease within the meaning of section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Act), 21 U.S.C. 321(h), and is a medical device that is subject to the Act's requirements for premarket approval or clearance by FDA.

Our records do not show that approval or clearance has been obtained for the Air Supply Mini-Mate AS 150MM Air Purifier to prevent SARS transmission or for any other SARS-related indication. Accordingly, this product is adulterated under section 501(f)(1)(B) of the Act (21 U.S.C. 351(f)(1)(B)), in that they are class III devices under section 513(f) (21 U.S.C. 360c(f)) and you do not have an approved application for premarket approval (PMA) in effect pursuant to section 515(a) (21 U.S.C. 360e(a)) or an approved application for investigational device exemption under section 520(g) (21 U.S.C. 360j(g)). The product is also misbranded under section 502(o) (21 U.S.C. 352(o)), because a notice or other information respecting it was not provided to the FDA as required by section 510(k) (21 U.S.C. 360(k)). For a product requiring premarket approval (as opposed to clearance), the notification required by section 510(k) is deemed to be satisfied when a PMA is pending before the agency. 21 CFR 807.81(b).

This serious violation of the law may result in the FDA taking regulatory action without further notice to you. Such action can include, but is not limited to, seizing your product inventory, obtaining a court injunction against further marketing your products, or seeking civil money penalties. Also, Federal agencies are informed about the Warning Letters we issue, such as this one, so that they may consider this information when awarding government contracts.

Please respond in writing, within 15 days of receiving this letter, by explaining the specific steps you have taken to correct this violation and to assure that similar violations will not occur. If you need additional time, please explain the reason for the delay and advise us when you expect to respond.

Please address your response to Ms. Betty Collins, Director, Division of Enforcement A, Office of Compliance, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 2098 Gaither Road (HFZ-320), Rockville, Maryland 20850. If you have any questions concerning the contents of this letter, you may contact Carolyn Niebauer, Chief, General Hospital Devices Branch, or Diane Goldsberry, Technical Information Specialist, by phone at (301) 594-4618 or by facsimile at (301) 594-4638.

You should understand that there are many FDA requirements pertaining to the manufacture and marketing of medical devices. This letter pertains only to the issue of premarket clearance or approval for your devices and does not necessarily address other obligations you have under the Act. You may obtain general information about FDA requirements for medical devices by contacting our Division of Small Manufacturers, International and Consumer Assistance at 1-800-638-2041 or through the Internet at <http://www.fda.gov>.

Finally, in addition to the Act, you may be subject to the Federal Trade Commission Act, which is administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). A copy of this letter is being forwarded to the FTC.

Sincerely yours,

/S/

Timothy A. Ulatowski
Director
Office of Compliance
Center for Devices and
Radiological Health

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