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Class 3 Device Recall Remel Xpect Flu A&B Control Swabs

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  Class 3 Device Recall Remel Xpect Flu A&B Control Swabs see related information
Date Initiated by Firm February 19, 2013
Date Posted August 13, 2013
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on August 14, 2013
Recall Number Z-1962-2013
Recall Event ID 64711
Product Classification Antigens, cf (including cf control), influenza virus a, b, c - Product Code GNX
Product Remel X/pect Flu A&B Control Swabs, For In Vitro Diagnostic Use, Ref R246003, each package contains 20 Flu A Control Swabs and 20 Flu B Control Swabs, each swab is individually packaged in a foil pouch. The firm name on the label is Remel Europe, Ltd., Dartford, Kent, United Kingdom.

Product is a test kit containing characterized positive and negative controls intended for use in qualitative procedures as external quality control material for the Remel Xpect Flu A&B test kit.
Code Information Lot 260745, exp. 5/31/2014
Recalling Firm/
Remel Inc
12076 Santa Fe Trail Dr
Lenexa KS 66215-3519
For Additional Information Contact Earleen C. Parks
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
Flu A+ Control Swabs incorrectly give Flu A- results when used for quality control testing with the Xpect Flu A&B test kit.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Employee error
Action The firm, ThermoFisher Scientific, sent a "MEDICAL DEVICE RECALL" letter dated February 20, 2013 to its customers via regular mail. The letter described the product, problem and actions to be taken. The customers were instructed to review your inventory for affected product lots; discard the affected product; notify any personnel who needs to be notified of the potential for a false negative indication when using the swab, and complete and return the attached Medical Device Recall Return Response Acknowledgment & Receipt Form via Fax to: Attn: Technical Service & Regulatory Affairs at 1-877-428-1924. If you have any questions, please contact our Technical Services Department at 800-255-6730 (US) or 913-888-0939 (International).
Quantity in Commerce 96 kits of 20 swab sets
Distribution Nationwide distribution: AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, TX, WA, and WI.
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.