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|Boston Scientific Announces Ship Hold and Inventory Retrieval of ICD and CRT-D Devices|
|NATICK, Mass., March 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announced today that it has stopped shipment and is retrieving field inventory of all its implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds).
The Company has determined that some manufacturing process changes were not submitted for approval to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At this time, the company has identified two instances of changes that, while successfully validated, were not submitted to the FDA. Boston Scientific has informed the FDA and plans to work closely with the agency to resolve this situation as soon as possible.
The Company has no indication that the manufacturing process changes pose any risk to patient safety, and it is not recommending explantation of the devices.
Product families included in this advisory include: COGNIS(R), CONFIENT(TM), LIVIAN(TM), PRIZM(TM), RENEWAL(R), TELIGEN(R) and VITALITY(TM). The Company's pacemakers and other products are not affected by this advisory.
"A planned process review revealed that two manufacturing process changes were not submitted for FDA approval," said Ray Elliott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Scientific. "We are acting voluntarily and expeditiously to resolve this situation, and we have seen no evidence of any risk to patient safety. We apologize for the inconvenience these actions will cause patients and physicians."
The Company plans to fully evaluate the impact of these actions on its financial results and provide an update when the evaluation is completed. Given the financial uncertainty involved, these actions could have a material impact on the Company's previously issued guidance, including revenue, operating profit and cash flows for the first quarter and full year of 2010.
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.
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