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Becton Dickinson Says IV Devices Defective, Recall Issue

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Becton Dickinson & Co. is recalling millions of intravenous devices that may cause air embolism or other potentially lethal complications.

The recall involves BD Q-Syte Luer Access Devices and BD Nexiva Closed IV Catheter Systems. The approximately 2.8 million BD Q-Syte and 2.9 million BD Nexiva units containing 5 million BD Q-Syte devices that were recalled were distributed in the United States, Asia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, South Africa and South America. A complete list of the REF and lot numbers included in this recall can be found here.

The recall was initiated on Oct. 28, 2009 after the company received complaints of problems due to air entry through a part of the device. Becton Dickinson & Co. is investigating reports of one death and one serious injury that may be linked to the problem.

Becton Dickinson said it has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other worldwide health agencies, as necessary, and is working with them to coordinate recall activities.

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