Cook Catheters with Beacon Tip Technology - Recall Due to Degradation of Catheter Tip
- Starting date:
- April 29, 2016
- Posting date:
- April 29, 2016
- Type of communication:
- Dear Healthcare Professional Letter
- Medical Device
- Source of recall:
- Health Canada
- Important Safety Information
- Healthcare Professionals, Hospitals
- Identification number:
Healthcare professionals in hospitals and health care facilities who use Cook catheters with Beacon Tip technology.
Please distribute to relevant Departments and appropriate personnel and to any organization where the potentially affected devices have been transferred.
- Cook Catheters with Beacon Tip technology have been recalled due to polymer degradation of the catheter tip, which could result in tip fracture and/or separation.
- As outlined in the Recall Notice issued by Cook Medical on April 19, 2016, healthcare professionals should return the devices.
- Health Canada is aware that this may cause a shortage issue. To obtain information on other products that can be used as alternatives, healthcare professionals should contact Cook Medical directly.
Cook Medical has initiated a recall on catheters with Beacon Tip technology following an increase in reports of polymer degradation of the catheter tip, resulting in tip fracture and/or separation.
Potential adverse events that may occur as a result could include loss of device function and separation of a device segment. Complications resulting from a separated segment could include device fragments in the vascular system, genitourinary system, or other soft tissues. Fragments within the vascular system could result in embolization to the heart or lungs, or occluding blood flow to end organs.
|Product Brand Name||Catalog Identifier||Lot Number|
|Beacon® Tip Torcon NB® Advantage Catheter||
All beginning HNBR5.0-
All beginning HNBR6.0-
|Beacon® Tip Royal Flush® Plus High-Flow Catheter||All beginning HNR5.0-||All lots|
Beacon® Tip Centimeter Sizing Catheter,
Beacon® Tip White Vessel Sizing Catheter,
Beacon® Tip Vessel Sizing Catheter
|All beginning NR5.0-||All lots|
|Slip-Cath® Beacon® Tip Catheter and Shuttle® Select Slip-Cath||
All beginning SCBR5.0-
All beginning SCBR5.5-
All beginning SCBR6.5-
|FluoroSet® Radiographic Tubal Assessment Set||J-RTAS-100||All lots|
|Haskal Transjugular Intrahepatic Portal Access Set||All beginning HTPS-||All lots|
|Kumpe Access Catheter||023565-BT||All lots|
|Liver Access and Biopsy Needle Set||All beginning LABS-||All lots|
|Neff D’Agostino Percutaneous Access Set||NPAS-100-D’AGOSTINO-B-050393||All lots|
|Aprima™ Access Nonvascular Introducer Set||
All with both beginning NPAS- and ending -SST
All with both beginning NSSW- and ending -SST
|Selective Salpingography Catheter with Beacon® Tip||J-SSG-504000||All lots|
|Transluminal Biliary Biopsy Forceps Set||All beginning BBFS-||All lots|
|White Lumax® Guiding Coaxial Catheter||LMGRF-7.0C-80-MPA-PULM||All lots|
Cook Medical has identified an increase in reports of polymer degradation of the catheter tip, resulting in tip fracture and/or separation. A comprehensive investigation by the company is ongoing to determine the root cause, including review of materials, manufacturing variables, and environmental factors. While Cook has not been able to replicate the failure, preliminary investigation indicates that environmental conditions such as storage temperature, humidity, and the use of Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP) for whole-room decontamination may be contributing to the occurrence.
Catheters with Beacon Tip technology are intended for use by physicians who are trained and experienced in each of the procedures for which these devices are indicated for use. See below for a complete list of intended uses for the affected products.
|Product Family||Intended Use|
|Beacon® Tip Torcon NB® Advantage Catheter||The catheters are intended for use in the peripheral and coronary vascular system including the carotid arteries in angiographic procedures by physicians trained and experienced in angiographic techniques. Standard techniques for placement of vascular access sheaths, angiographic catheters and wire guides should be employed.|
Beacon® Tip Royal Flush® Plus High-Flow Catheter
Beacon® Tip Centimeter Sizing Catheter
Beacon® Tip White Vessel Sizing Catheter
Beacon® Tip Vessel Sizing Catheter
|The catheters are intended for use in angiographic procedures by physicians trained and experienced in angiographic techniques. Standard techniques for placement of vascular access sheaths, angiographic catheters and wire guides should be employed.|
Shuttle® Select Slip-Cath
Slip-Cath® Beacon® Tip Catheter
|The catheters are intended for use in angiographic procedures by physicians trained and experienced in angiographic techniques.|
|FluoroSet® Radiographic Tubal Assessment Set||Used for instillation of contrast media into the uterine cavity for radiographic evaluation of the uterine cavity and for injection of appropriate contrast media into the fallopian tubes for evaluation of tubal patency.|
|Haskal Transjugular Intrahepatic Portal Access Set||Intended for transjugular liver access in diagnostic and interventional procedures.|
|Kumpe Access Catheter||Used in combination with a HiWire®, Bentson, or other flexible-tipped wire guide to gain difficult ureteral access beyond a redundant or tortuous ureteral segment.|
|Liver Access and Biopsy Needle Set||Intended for use in obtaining liver histology samples via a jugular vein approach.|
Neff D’Agostino Percutaneous Access Set
Aprima™ Access Nonvascular Introducer Set
|Intended for single-puncture percutaneous access to facilitate placement of a .038 inch (0.97 mm) diameter working wire guide for interventional radiology procedures.|
|Selective Salpingography Catheter with Beacon® Tip||Used for injection of contrast medium into the fallopian tube(s) for selective salpingography.|
|Transluminal Biliary Biopsy Forceps Set||Intended for access to and biopsy of tissue within the biliary ductal system.|
|White Lumax® Guiding Coaxial Catheter||Intended for the delivery of angioplasty balloons and other types of interventional devices.|
Who is affected
Information for consumers
The products affected by this recall are sold directly to healthcare professionals and are intended strictly for professional use.
Information for health care professionals
Health care professionals should:
- examine inventory immediately to identify and quarantine affected product(s).
- return affected product(s) to Stericycle Expert Solutions (a third party Recall administration service provider) using the label provided with the recall letter.
- complete the Acknowledgement and Receipt Form (provided with the recall letter) and return via fax to 888-679-5277 or email to email@example.com.
- contact Cook Medical directly (at 800-457-4500 or +1-812-339-2235 or by email at CustomerRelationsNA@cookmedical.com) or your Sales Representative for information on products that can be used as alternatives.
Action taken by Health Canada
Health Canada is communicating this important recall information to healthcare professionals and to the public through its MedEffect Canada website and MedEffectTM e-Notice. Health Canada is also monitoring the recall and the implementation of necessary corrective and preventive actions.
Report health or safety concerns
Managing marketed health product-related side effects depends on health care professionals and consumers reporting them. Any case of tip fracture and/or separation or other serious or unexpected side effects in products with Beacon Tip technology should be reported to Cook Medical and/or Health Canada.
Cook (Canada) Inc.
165 Mostar Street
Stouffville, ON L4A 0Y2
Cook Medical Customer Relations:
Telephone: 1-800-457-4500 or +1-812-339-2235
To correct your mailing address or fax number, contact Cook Medical Customer Relations.
You can report any suspected adverse reactions associated with the use of health products to Health Canada by:
- Calling toll-free at 1-866-234-2345; or
- Visiting MedEffect Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
For other health product inquiries related to this communication, contact Health Canada at:
Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch
Original signed by
Bill A. Bobbie
President, Cook (Canada) Inc.