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Class 2 Device Recall Sysmex StromatolyserIM (SIM220A)

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  Class 2 Device Recall Sysmex StromatolyserIM (SIM220A) see related information
Date Initiated by Firm June 23, 2009
Date Posted July 13, 2011
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on July 13, 2011
Recall Number Z-2797-2011
Recall Event ID 58916
Product Classification Products, red-cell lysing products - Product Code GGK
Product Sysmex Stromatolyser-IM; a lytic reagent for use with the XE-2100, XE-2100L and XE-5000 Series Sysmex Automated Hematology Analyzers; the reagent solution is supplied in a 10-liter cubetainer (cardboard cube with a 10-liter plastic liner); Sysmex America, Inc., Mundelein, IL 60060; catalog number SIM-220A.

The product is a lytic reagent used to lyse (destroy) red blood cells for hemoglobin determinations or aid in the counting of white blood cells.
Code Information Catalog number SIM-220A, lot numbers C9010, C9011, C9013, C9014, C9015, C9016 and C9017
Recalling Firm/
Sysmex America, Inc.
1 Nelson C White Pkwy
Mundelein IL 60060-9528
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Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
The affected lots of Stromatolyser-IM lysing reagent was found to be contaminated with Pseudomonas bacteria, which resulted in rising IMI channel background counts, increased false "Platelet Clump" flags and a strong sulfur-like odor when used on the XE-2100, XE-2100L and XE-5000 analyzers.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Environmental control
Action Sysmex America, Inc. sent a "MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL" letter dated June 2009 to all affected customers. The letter identifies the product, problem, and actions to be taken. The letter instructs customers to discontinue use of the affected SIM lots, and to remove affected lots from their analyzers as soon as possible to avoid long-term performance problems on the analyzer. A Stromatolyser -IM (220-A) Voluntary Recall form was attached for customers to complete and return via fax at 800-218-2711. The form will be used to place orders to replace the affected product. Any questions concerning the information contained in the recall letter are directed to the Sysmex Technical Assistance Center at 1-888-879-7639. The firm sent a second notice to non-responding accounts on September 14, 2009. A copy of the June 26, 2009 recall letter and the fax back form were included with the letter. The customers were informed that Sysmex had not received their completed fax back form and were requested to respond to confirm the notification was received.
Quantity in Commerce 4,005 cubetainers
Distribution Worldwide Distribution--USA (nationwide) and the countries of Brazil, Canada and Honduras.
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 A record in this database is created when a firm initiates a correction or removal action. The record is updated if the FDA identifies a violation and classifies the action as a recall, and it is updated for a final time when the recall is terminated. Learn more about medical device recalls.
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
3 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55.