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U.K. regulators warn on counterfeit J&J surgical clips

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 12:40pm
Mass Device

Counterfeit LigaClip surgical clip cartridges discovered on the U.S. market may also have been supplied to U.K. hospitals, according to Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary Ethicon Endo-Surgery alerted U.K. regulators after discovering counterfeit LigaClip surgical clips on the U.S. market that may have also been distributed to U.K. hospitals.

The country's Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency issued a medical device alert advising healthcare providers to keep an eye out for potentially forged products.

The counterfeit devices, initially discovered for sale in the U.S. through an unauthorized distributor, may be recognized by shrink-wrapping not used by Ethicon or by strange fonts or typos on the sales unit box, according to the warning.

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