?Covidien today announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall of all production lots for the Duet TRS? Universal Straight and Articulating Single-Use Loading Units (SULU). In addition, the Company has discontinued manufacturing the Duet TRS Universal Straight and Articulating SULU.

Covidien has received one report that links the Duet TRS tissue reinforcement material to a post-operative injury after abdominal surgery. The Company has concluded that Duet TRS may have the potential to injure adjacent anatomical structures, which may result in life threatening post-operative complications. This voluntary recall is in addition to the recall announced January 16, 2012, relating to the contraindication of the device in the thoracic cavity. At that time, Covidien received reports of 13 serious injuries and 3 fatalities following the application of Duet TRS in the thoracic cavity.

Launched in 2009, the Duet TRS reload is a SULU with a fully integrated tissue reinforcement system to support staple lines in tissues. To date, the Company has sold more than 540,000 units worldwide.




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