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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medical Devices

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Recalls and Safety

October 10, 2007

Public Health Notifications in 2007 and 2006, and Advices for Patients in 2007 and 2006 repeatedly warn about the

  • increased, life-threatening risk of bacterial meningitis in cochlear implant recipients
  • the importance of fully immunizing them

September 24, 2004

Advanced Bionics Conducts Voluntary Recall of Cochlear Implants (FDA not recommending removal of implants already in place) Read more

September 25, 2003

Risk of Bacterial Meningitis in Children with Cochlear Implants (FDA issues recommendations to decrease the risk of meningitis in cochlear implant recipients)
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