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Monday, April 26, 2010

Covidien Recalls Shiley™ Tracheostomy Tubes

Covidien Initiates Voluntary Recall of Certain Shiley™ Tracheostomy Tubes

Company Contact:
Sherri Hughes-Smith
Manager, Media and Public Relation
Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions
Bruce Farmer
Vice President
Public Relations
Coleman Lannum, CFA Vice President
Investor Relations
Brian Nameth
Investor Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 23, 2010 – BOULDER, CO - Covidien (NYSE: COV) has initiated a voluntary recall of certain lots of its cuffed ShileyTM tracheostomy tubes and Custom/Specialty tracheostomy tubes due to the product’s cuff not holding air as a result of leaks in the pilot balloon inflation assembly. With respect to the affected units, if a cuff does not hold air, ventilation will be adversely affected since the ability to generate positive pressure in the airway could be compromised by lack of cuff seal. This could result in a sudden decrease in the amount of oxygen in the blood or a sudden increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood, especially if the patient requires assisted mechanical ventilation. In some instances, this could result in serious injury, including death.
The voluntary recall only affects lot numbers from a specific period of time. Only Shiley tracheostomy tubes from lot numbers listed below are affected by this action. Customers should review product in inventory and current use to identify product from the affected lot codes. Detailed steps are provided in the Customer Notification letter for return and disposition of affected product.

Product labels are available at FDA and Firms press release.

Customers were notified of this issue by a Customer Notification letter April 13, 2010, which is posted at Then click on the Product Notices tab. 
The company believes it has taken appropriate steps to address this issue. Adequate supplies of unaffected replacement product are available. 
To return the affected product for credit, contact Technical Services group at 1-800-635-5267, option 3, then option 1, and reference the Return Goods Authorization (RGA) Number.  
Healthcare professionals and customers may report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or by phone.