FDA Warns Wheelchair Manufacturer for Misbranding

October 10, 2019

The FDA issued a warning letter to 21st Century Scientific for misbranding powered wheelchairs.

During an inspection of the firm’s Coeur d’Alene, Idaho facility, agency investigators  found that the firm didn’t notify the FDA of its intent to introduce its Bounder powered seating wheelchairs to the market. The firm was marketing the wheelchairs as a modification option to its Bounder VA power wheelchair and other systems.

According to product labeling, the modifications added device functions such as lifting the user, tilting the user and bringing the user to a standing position. Advertising also showed the wheelchair being used in rugged terrain, and the agency said these modifications were significant changes that require the company to submit a 510(k) premarket notification.

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