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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Enforcement Report - Week of July 11, 2012

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Event Detail

Event ID 62283
Product Type Devices
Status Ongoing
Recalling Firm Thayer Medical Corporation
City Tucson
State AZ
Country US
Voluntary/Mandated Voluntary: Firm Initiated
Recall Initiation Date 2012-06-06
Initial Firm Notification of
Consignee or Public
Two or more of the following: Email, Fax, Letter, Press Release, Telephone, Visit
Distribution Pattern Worldwide Distribution - USA including CA, KY and Europe.

Product Detail

Product Description Code Info Classification Reason for Recall Product Quantity Recall Number
AirLife® MiniSpacer® MDI Dispenser Adapter. Dual-Spray MiniSpacer® Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Dispenser/Adapter with 15 mm connections. The 15 mm Dual Spray MiniSpacer® is a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Dispenser. It is a non-sterile, single-use item, intended to dispense aerosolized medication into a breathing circuit or ancillary circuits. MINISPACER adapters are indicated for patients on a breathing circuit, for whom aerosol medication has been prescribed, in short and long term critical care environments. The 15 mm device is installed and operated by licensed healthcare practitioners in clinical settings. The MiniSpacer is not a metering valve, and does not measure the amount of medication dispensed. The device may also be used in conjunction with a resuscitator bag or in-line with cool or heated humidification, oxygen enriched T-pieces (blow-by) systems connected to tracheal/endotracheal tube. Environments of use include short and long term critical care settings. The 15 mm Dual Spray MiniSpacers design provides standard dimension connectors (15 mm outer diameter x 15 mm inner diameter) for connection to the ventilator circuit. The device design incorporates a dual spray nozzle that allows a path for the medication to travel through the stem and directs it through the dual orifices into the airstream. Principles of Operation A healthcare practitioner installs the 15 mm MiniSpacer MDI adapter in the breathing circuit, according to facility procedures or as ordered by a physician or other licensed health care practitioner. To dispense the prescribed medication, the healthcare practitioner inserts the MDI canister stem into the devices actuator port and manually depresses the MDI canister. The MDI canisters metering valve releases the combination of medication and propellant through the valve stem and out of the devices dual spray nozzle. The plume is simultaneously ejected through upstream and downstream spray orifices along the longitudinal axis of the device. The practitioner administers the medication as prescribed, caps the MiniSpacer device, and monitors the patient response. The devices are packaged in cardboard corrugated cartons that are rated to meet burst testing up to 200 pounds per square inch. Each carton contains 30 devices; each device is packaged in a polybag with the instructions for use. These devices are sold non-sterile. PRODUCT CODES Affected Lot Number(s) (US): 120320, 120410 Affected Lot Number (EU only): 120405 Expiration Date: Not Applicable Serial Number: Not Applicable UPC Code (individual device): (01) 00885403167839 UPC Code (case): (01) 50885403167834 Brand Name: AirLife® MiniSpacer® MDI Dispenser Adapter Description: 15 mm O.D. / I.D. connections Catalogue Number: 002092 US Product Code: CAF FDA 510(k) Number: K955805 Class II Internal data identified a molding defect in the 15 mm O.D. / I.D. MiniSpacer meter dose inhaler (MDI) adapter that results in an incomplete fill of the aerosol dispensing pathway. 19340 Z-1927-2012
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