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TLC Laser Eye Center d/b/a TLC Pittsburgh


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

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
  10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993

OCT 09 2009



Ms. Elisa E. Lovato
Regional Director, NE Atlantic Region
TLC Laser Eye Center
1606 Carmody Court, Suite 101
Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143


Dear Ms. Lovato:

During an inspection of your facility located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania on August 19, through
August 20, 2009, an investigator from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
determined that your firm is a medical device user facility and is subject to the statutory
reporting requirements of the Medical Device Reporting (MDR) regulation, found at Title 21,
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 803.

The ophthalmic laser used at your facility to perform Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis
(LASIK) procedures is a medical device under section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and
Cosmetic Act (the Act). 21 U.S.C. 321(h). This product is a device because it is intended for use
in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention
of disease, or to affect the structure or function of the body.

The inspection revealed that your facility is not in conformance with the MDR regulations found
at 21 CFR Part 803. A Form FDA 483 (FDA 483), Inspectional Observations, was issued to
your firm, and the observed violations were reported to you and formally discussed with your
firm's management at the close of the inspection. The LASIK devices used at your facility are
misbranded under section 502(t)(2) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 352(t)(2), in that your firm failed or
refused to furnish material or information respecting the device that is required by or under section 519 of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 360i, and 21 CFR Part 803. Significant deviations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Failure to develop, maintain, and implement written MDR procedures as required by 21

You should take prompt action to correct the violation addressed in this letter. Failure to
promptly correct this violation may result in regulatory action being initiated by the FDA without
further notice. These actions include, but are not limited to, seizure, injunction, and/or civil
money penalties. Also, other Federal agencies may take this Warning Letter into account when
considering the award of contracts.

Please notify this office in writing within fifteen working days from the date you receive this
letter of the specific steps you have taken to correct the noted violations, including an
explanation of how you plan to prevent these violation, or similar violation, from occurring
again. Include documentation of the corrective action you have taken. If your planned
corrections will occur over time, please include a timetable for implementation of those

Your response should he sent to: Ronald Swann, Branch Chief Dental, ENT, and Ophthalmic
Devices, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993. If you have any questions
about the content of this letter please contact Mr. Swann at (301) 796-5770.

Finally, you should know that this letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the violations
at your facility. It is your responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable laws and
regulations administered by FDA. The specific violation noted in this letter and in the Form
FDA 483 issued at the close of the inspection may be symptomatic of serious problems in your
fum and corporate-level reporting systems. You should investigate and determine the causes of
the violation, and take prompt actions to correct the violation and to bring your products into


Sincerely yours, 


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