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MHRA Calls for Pulling Gripper Needles

Sept. 13, 2019

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a recall for Smiths Medical’s Deltec Gripper non-coring needles and Port-A-Cath trays containing the needles.

The safety needles are used to administer or withdraw fluids from implanted ports. The agency said that devices manufactured between June 11, 2018 and February 2019 should be quarantined and returned to the manufacturer, as they could contain a blocked needle.

Smiths Medical said that it hasn’t received any reports of serious injury or deaths regarding  blocked needles.

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