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Class 2 Device Recall Weck Hemolok ML Polymer Ligating Clips

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  Class 2 Device Recall Weck Hemolok ML Polymer Ligating Clips see related information
Date Initiated by Firm April 12, 2006
Date Posted June 09, 2006
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on November 14, 2007
Recall Number Z-1096-06
Recall Event ID 35316
510(K)Number K003337  
Product Classification Polymer Ligating Clips - Product Code FZP
Product Weck Hem-o-lok ML Polymer Ligating Clips; Rx, sterile, medium large size, non-absorbable polymer ligation clips; 6 clips per cartridge, 14 cartridges per sales unit, 12 sales units per case; Mfg. by Weck Closure Systems, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; REF 544230
Code Information catalog number 544230, all lots
Recalling Firm/
Teleflex Medical
2345 Waukegan Rd Ste 120
Bannockburn IL 60015-1580
For Additional Information Contact Ms. Julie McDowell
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
The Hem-o-lok ligating clips may become dislodged following ligation of the renal artery after laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Hem-o-lok ligating clips are now contraindicated for use in ligating the renal artery during laparascopic nephrectomies in living donor patients.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Action Teleflex Medical sent Important Product Safety Information letters dated 4/18/06 to all of their customers who have purchased Hem-o-lok Ligating Clips from Teleflex. The letters informed the healthcare providers that Teleflex has been made aware of incidents in which the ligating clips (sizes L and XL) were reported to have become dislodged following ligation of the renal artery after laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Although none of the incidents appear to have involved any defect in or malfunction of the ligating clips, misapplication of the Hem-o-lok clips during such laparascopic procedures may not immediately be apparent and can have serious, even life-threatening consequences post-operatively. Therefore, Teleflex has added the following contraindication to the Instructions for Use accompanying the Hem-o-lok Polymer Ligating Clips: 'Contraindications': Hem-o-lok ligating clips are contraindicated for use in ligating the renal artery during laparoscopic nephrectomies in living donor patients. 'Caution': The clip must be latched to ensure proper ligation of the vessel or tissue. Inspect the ligation site after application to ensure proper closure of the clip. Security of the closure should be confirmed after ligation. The Hem-o-lok Polymer Ligating Clip is not designed for use as a tissue marker. Weck recommends that more than one clip be used to ligate the renal artery in procedures other than laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (see Contraindication, above). Application of more than one clip to all other vessels should be left to the surgeon's judgment.' Any questions concerning the letter were directed to Teleflex Medical at 800-334-9751, option #7, then option #5. Teleflex sent follow-up ¿Important Product Correction Notice¿ letters dated 8/2/06 to all of their Hem-o-lok Ligating Clips customers via registered mail on 8/7/06. The letters provide clarification of the 4/18/06 letter, reinforcing that the clips are contraindicated for use in ligating t
Quantity in Commerce 3,656,100 clips
Distribution Nationwide
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.
510(K) Database 510(K)s with Product Code = FZP and Original Applicant = WECK CLOSURE SYSTEMS