Thursday, January 07, 2010

Philips Issues Voluntary Recall Notice: Avalon Fetal Monitors

The Food & Drug Administration prompted Philips Healthcare (AEX:PHI) to issue a voluntary recall notice on four models of its Avalon fetal monitor after receiving complaints that the devices were providing inaccurate readings.

The Dutch company, which houses its U.S. headquarters in Andover, Mass., received numerous complaints about Avalon monitor models FM20, FM30, FM40 and FM50.

Philips did not believe a recall was necessary, but the federal watchdog agency compelled it to provide further instructions on how to use the devices properly and issued a voluntary recall notice in the January edition of Patient Safety News, which is sent out to healthcare providers.

Here's the Notice: PDF Alert.