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Bard® Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patch - Expansion

Class 1 Recall

Date Recall
Initiated:
December 22, 2005
Product:*This recall notice was updated on January 24, 2007, to include additional product codes and lot numbers recalled by the manufacturer since the first list was issued (see previous announcements). The expanded list below includes all recalled product codes and lot numbers.*
Product CodeDescriptionLot Numbers RecalledDate Recalled
0010206Bard® Composix® Kugel® Extra Large Oval, 8.7” x 10.7”All Lot Numbers manufactured before January 2006December 2005 and January 2006
0010207Bard® Composix® Kugel® Extra Large Oval, 10.8” x 13.7”
 
All Lot Numbers manufactured before January 2006December 2005 and January 2006
0010208Bard® Composix® Kugel® Extra Large Oval, 7.7” x 9.7”All Lot Numbers manufactured before January 2006December 2005 and January 2006
0010209Bard® Composix® Kugel® Oval, 6.3” x 12.3”All Lot Numbers manufactured before March 2006March, 24, 2006
0010202Bard® Composix® Kugel® Large Oval, 5.4” x 7.0”Lot Numbers manufactured before October 2005 (see below)January 10, 2007
0010204Bard® Composix® Kugel® Large Circle, 4.5”Lot Numbers manufactured before October 2005 (see below)January 10, 2007
Use:

The Bard® Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patch is used to repair ventral (incisional) hernias caused by thinning or stretching of scar tissue that forms after surgery. The patch is placed behind the hernia defect through a small incision. The patch is then held open by a “memory recoil ring” that allows the patch to be folded for insertion and later spring open and lay flat once it is in place.

Recalling Firm:

Davol, Inc., Sub. C.R. Bard, Inc.
100 Sockanossett Crossroad
Cranston, RI 02920

Reason for Recall:

The "memory recoil ring" that opens the Bard® Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patch can break under the stress of placement of the large sized products in the intra-abdominal (inside the belly area) space. This can lead to bowel perforations (rupture) and/or chronic (recurring) intestinal fistulae (abnormal connections or passageways between the intestines and other organs).

Public Contact:

Robin Drago
VP Regulatory & Clinical Affairs
Davol, Inc., Sub. C.R. Bard, Inc.
100 Sockanossett Crossroad
Cranston, RI 02920
401-463-7000

FDA District:

New England

FDA Comments:
  • On January 10, 2007, Davol, Inc. (a subsidiary of C.R. Bard) sent letters to health care professionals and distributors notifying them of the most recent expansion of this recall of specific lots of Bard® Composix® Kugel® Large Oval and Large Circle Mesh Patches for product codes 0010202 and 0010204. Surgeons and hospitals should stop using the recalled product and return unused units to the company.
  • Patients who have been implanted with one of the recalled devices should seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms that could be associated with ring breakage such as unexplained or persistent abdominal pain, fever, tenderness at the implant site or other unusual symptoms.
  • It should be noted that product codes 0010202 and 0010204 were involved in both recall expansions. The lots manufactured prior to January 2004 were recalled during the March 2006 expansion. Since the March expansion, Davol received 4 confirmed complaints of recoil ring breakage from product code 0010202 manufactured between January 2004 and September 2005. There were no complaints for product code 0010204 . Davol is recalling the following lotsfor product codes 0010202 and 0010204:
  • All lots with the letter “O” in the fourth position
  • All lots with the letter “P” in the fourth position and the letters “A” through “I” in the third position.
For instance, an example of a recalled lot number is “43IPD###.”
  • Davol also decided to withdraw from the market specific lots of 0010202 and 0010204 manufactured from October 2005 to October 2006. A market withdrawal is a firm’s removal or correction of a distributed product that involves a minor violation or no violation of the law and would not be subject to legal action by the FDA. Davol is withdrawing the following lots:
  • All lots with the letter “P” in the fourth position and the letters “J” through “L” in the third position
  • All lots with the letter “Q” in the fourth position and the letters “A” through “I” in the third position
For instance, an example of a withdrawn lot number is “43IQD###.”
  • An upgraded product design for both product codes is available for replacement. Product codes and lot numbers that contain the re-designed product can easily be identified on the case or unit package with the label stating “Redesigned for improved ring integrity.” If this label is affixed to your case stock and/or individual packages, this product is not affected by this market withdrawal and need not be returned to Davol.
  • Davol notified U.S. customers of the initial recall by letter on 12/27/05 via Federal Express. On March 24, 2006, Bard issued letters to hospitals and health care professionals alerting them to the additional recalled products. The letters included updated Instructions for Use (“IFU”) clarifying the proper insertion technique and Supplemental Patient Management Information. Copies of current product IFUs to be used for both Open Placement and Laparoscopic Placement for the Large Bard® Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patches are available from Davol Customer Service by calling 1-800-531-4124.
  • For more information, customers can contact Davol Customer Service at 1-800-531-4124. Physicians may contact Bard’s Medical Services and Support Department at 1-800-562-0027 or to speak with the Bard Medical Director, call 1-908-277-8306. A copy of the company’s press release regarding this recall expansion can be found on the Davol website.