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Over 123 Million Medical Device Units Recalled in Second Quarter of 2012, Reaching an Eight-Quarter High, According to the ExpertRECALL Index
Date:8/21/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 123 million units in the medical device category – which includes products like knee replacements, syringes, gels used in ultrasound procedures, dental implants, and products used in heart surgery – were recalled during the second quarter of 2012, according to the quarterly ExpertRECALL™ Index released today.

While the number of medical device recalls governed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declined 13 percent compared with the previous quarter, the number of products affected by such announcements reached an eight-quarter high, breaking 100 million units for the first time since the third quarter of 2010. Food recalls increased 19 percent when compared with the previous quarter, while the rate of recalls affecting consumer products and pharmaceuticals remained largely unchanged.

When compared with the previous quarter, the ExpertRECALL Index found that 35 percent more consumer product safety incidents were reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), resulting in 154 injuries and two deaths. While recalls of all children's and infant products reached a six-quarter low during the second quarter of 2012, recalls of child nursery equipment and supplies increased by 60 percent. Recalls of toys decreased 80 percent from the first quarter to the second quarter.

"The fact that more than 120 million medical device units were affected by recalls last quarter cannot be ignored, particularly because it comes during a time when America's 50 million aging Baby Boomers are placing increasingly high demand on life-saving medical devices," said Mike Rozembajgier, vice president of recalls at Stericycle ExpertRECALL. "The growing importance of this product category means that companies need to have a comprehensive recall plan in place that can be deplo
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