Suspension due to particles found on some devices (MDA/2015/034)
- Do not implant/use affected devices
- Quarantine devices
- Await further advice from the distributor(s) and/or MHRA
- If patients enquire they can be reassured that this situation is being investigated as a matter of priority with our European counterparts to decide on further action. However, if they would like to be kept up-to-date they can register for email updates and they will be kept informed.
- Implanting surgeons
Deadlines for actions
Actions underway: 2 October 2015, actions complete: 9 October 2015
The following devices distributed in the UK by Eurosurgical are affected:
silicone implants for plastic surgery: breast implants, pectoral implants, gluteal implants, calf implants, implants for hand surgery, tissue expanders, facial implants, nostril retainers, suspension sheets for breast surgery
silicone invasive devices: sizers for silicone implants
silicone implants for general surgery: blocks and sheets
The following devices distributed in the UK by Genesis Medical are affected:
- implants for urology: testicular implants, penile implants, vaginal stents and periuretheral constrictors
The German medical device regulatory authority informed MHRA on Friday 18 September 2015 that a German notified body had temporarily suspended the marketing and distribution of all medical devices manufactured by Silimed lndustria de lmplantes Ltda.
A recent inspection of the manufacturing facility by the notified body identified particles on the surface of some devices.
MHRA is investigating in collaboration with other European regulators and recommends that none of these devices should be implanted until further advice is issued.
Merrow Business Park
Telephone: 01483 456 007
Genesis Medical Ltd
7 Trojan Business Park
London NW10 9ST
Tel: 020 8451 4100
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Telephone: 020 3080 7306
Dr S Jagdish
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Reporting adverse incidents in Wales
Published: 25 September 2015
Issued: 25 September 2015