Discovery of silicone prompts B. Braun to recall saline syringes

September 18, 2007

Company recalling saline syringes

B. Braun Medical Inc. is conducting a nationwide recall of its saline syringes after traces of silicone were found in the saline. The presence of silicone in the company's Normal Saline Flush syringes could pose a health risk, B. Braun executives warned. The tainted syringes, however, have not been tied to any patient injuries or deaths. The recall affects normal saline 3mL in 12mL syringes, designated by product code 513584, and normal saline 10mL in 12mL syringes, designated by product code 513587. The affected syringes have lot numbers ending in "SFR" and were distributed to hospitals and wholesalers between June 11 and July 18. B. Braun said it dispensed 33,000 units of the 3mL product and 1.2 million units of the 10mL product during that five-week period. Customers with the affected syringes should contact B. Braun's Customer Support Department at 800-227-2862 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.