Stryker has Neptune Problems (or their Customers Do)

Stryker slapped with FDA warning letter

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The FDA issued Stryker a warning letter for improperly marketing devices, including Neptune.–Courtesy of the FDA

The FDA hit Stryker ($SYK) with a warning letter for failing to disclose a recall and selling devices without agency clearance.

Stryker revealed that the agency took issue with its quality systems and chided it for marketing the Neptune waste management system, among other devices, without attaining 501(k) clearance. The company didn’t disclose which recall irked the FDA or what other devices it sold without the agency’s OK, and a Stryker spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The problems arose during a November inspection of Stryker’s Portage, MI, facility, the company said, and the FDA acknowledged that Stryker has already submitted corrective action plans to get clear of the warning. Stryker says it’s working with the agency to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

Just what the corrective process entails remains unknown. The FDA is generally sluggish to post warning letters on its website, and Stryker isn’t getting into any further detail. The company recalled Neptune last year, and the FDA applied its most-serious Class I designation to the move, but it’s unclear whether more recalls are coming as the agency cracks down on Stryker’s unapproved marketing of other devices.

– here’s the release

Stryker Receives FDA Warning Letter

March 12, 2013

Kalamazoo, Michigan – March 12, 2013 – Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK) announced today that its Instruments division has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to observations made during a November 2012 inspection at its Portage, Michigan location.

The letter concerns quality system observations made during the inspection and cites Stryker for failing to notify the FDA of a product recall, and for marketing devices, including the Neptune Waste Management System, without a required 510(k) clearance. The letter acknowledged that Stryker Instruments has already submitted corrective action plans for the quality system and recall observations. The Company is fully cooperating with the FDA to resolve these matters in a comprehensive and timely manner.

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives. For more information about Stryker, please visit


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