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Invacare's chief compliance officer resigns

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 12:45pm
The Associated Press

Invacare Corp., which makes wheelchairs, crutches and motorized scooters, said Friday its chief compliance officer, Colleen Craven, resigned for personal reasons.

The company said Doug Newlin, senior vice president of global engineering, will assume leadership of the company's regulatory team.

The resignation comes months after the company came under scrutiny from federal health regulators. In December, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to Invacare for failing to report and address malfunctions with its electric beds, including electronics that allegedly caught on fire causing injury and death.

In its Dec. 15 warning letter, the FDA said the company repeatedly failed to document and investigate recurring complaints with its adjustable beds, which included sparks or fires. Other complaints involved patients getting stuck between the mattress and bed rail.

In a statement, Invacare said it assembled a team of quality-control specialists to address the problems.

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