Class 1 Recall: Bard® Composix® Kugel® Mesh X-Large PatchDec 22, 2005 | www.fda.gov
December 22, 2005
Bard® Composix® Kugel® Mesh X-Large Patch Oval with ePTFE with the following lot numbers:
* 41XMXXXX – M = 2002
* 41XNXXXX – N = 2003
* 43XMXXXX – M = 2002
* 43XNXXXX – N = 2003
* 43XOXXXX – O = 2004
* 43XPXXXX – P = 2005
(If the lot number does not contain either M, N, O or P as the 4th character the lot is not affected by this recall.)
The 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.
Davol, Inc., Sub. C.R. Bard, Inc.
100 Sockanossett Crossroad
Cranston , RI 02920
Reason for Recall:
The "memory recoil ring" that opens the Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patch after it has been inserted into the intra-abdominal space can break. This can lead to bowel perforations and/or chronic intestinal fistulae (abnormal connections or passageways between the intestines and other organs).
Davol, Inc. (a subsidiary of C.R. Bard) notified U.S. customers of the recall by letter on 12/27/05 via Federal Express. Customers should stop using the recalled product and return unused units to the company. For more information, customers can contact Bard Customer Service at 1-800-FOR-BARD or email@example.com . Physicians may contact bard Medical Services and Support at 800 227-3357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.