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Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Reaches Agreement on Terms of Consent Decree With FDA Regarding Quality System Improvements

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Terumo Cardiovascular Systems (Terumo CVS), a U.S.-based subsidiary of Terumo Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, today announced it has agreed to the terms of a consent decree with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regarding quality system improvements at the company's Ann Arbor, Michigan facility.  The agreement will be subject to the approval of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  

The consent decree addresses observations raised by FDA inspectors during audits of quality system processes at the company's Ann Arbor, Michigan plant.  Under the agreement, Terumo CVS will create and execute a work plan to resolve the observations.  Until the work plan is complete, Terumo CVS agrees to restrict the distribution of certain products manufactured at the plant to existing customers who deem the products medically necessary.  Products manufactured at the plant include heart-lung machines and cannulae, and other related products used in cardiac surgery.

Other Terumo CVS products are available without restriction, including:  oxygenators, perfusion circuits that don't contain cannulae, and all other products produced at the company's other manufacturing facilities in Elkton, Maryland and Ashland, Massachusetts; and products distributed by Terumo CVS that are manufactured by other suppliers.  

The consent decree does not involve any other Terumo subsidiary or corporate entity.

Terumo CVS products are safe for use when used in accordance with their Instructions for Use.  The consent decree does not require that the company remove, recall or perform corrective actions on any products in use at customer facilities.  

"Terumo CVS is committed to fully addressing all of the FDA's concerns.  Over the past year, Terumo CVS had already begun implementing a significant quality system initiative that will create systemic, sustainable improvements in its Quality Systems," said Mark Sutter, President & Chief Executive Officer, Terumo CVS.  "Terumo CVS has always been, and will remain, committed to those in the cardiac surgery community who use our products.  Our ultimate goal during the consent decree is minimizing the inconvenience or disruption to our customers."

A complete listing of product restrictions and further information regarding the consent decree is available at or by calling 800-521-2818 or 734-663-4145.

About Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of medical devices for cardiac and vascular surgery.  The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with manufacturing operations in Ann Arbor; Elkton, Maryland; and Ashland, Massachusetts.  For more information, visit

About Terumo Corporation

Terumo Corporation is a premier global medical device company with annual sales of more than 3.5 billion dollars for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010. Founded in 1921, the company develops, manufactures and distributes world-class medical devices for use in cardiothoracic surgery, interventional procedures, transfusion medicine, and needle and syringe products.  

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