Johnson & Johnson Unit Recalls Surgical Drainage Products for Sterility Problems

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit is issuing another recall, this time for <"">surgical drainage products that may not be sterile. It was only last month that Ethicon recalled 70,000 vials of its Dermabond Wound Product, a liquid wound-sealing product, and its new Securestrap Hernia Product.

The Ethicon surgical drainage products recall involves multiple lots of Blake Silicone Drains, Blake Silicone Drain Kits, Blake Cardio Connectors, J-VAC Reservoirs and J-VAC Drain Adapters. The products are used to drain surgical wounds. The 341 lots impacted by this recall were distributed in the U.S. between May 10 last year and February 28 this year. A complete list of the product codes and lot numbers involved in this recall is available here.

According to a letter posted on Ethicon’ website, the company identified the potential for the sterile barrier of the product packaging to be compromised after receiving customer complaints. The letter says Ethicon has not received any reports of adverse events related to the issue. Customers have been asked to discontinue use of the recalled Ethicon surgical drainage products and return them for replacement.

According to a Dow Jones Newswires report, Ethicon linked the problems with the surgical drainage products to a contract manufacturer, but wouldn’t name the company.

This is just the latest in a string of recalls that have cost Johnson & Johnson more than $900 million in sales over the past year. The tally includes 20 recalls issued by its McNeil Consumer Healthcare division that have involved upwards of 200 million bottles -including children’s formulations – of Tylenol, Motrin and other over-the-counter drugs. Last month, the company’s Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals division recalled prefilled Invega Sustenna syringe. Other Johnson & Johnson recalls have involved two <"">DePuy hip replacement implants sold by its DePuy Orthopaedics unit, insulin pump cartidges made by its Animas unit, 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses, and Simponi injection pens.

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