August 21, 2012 / 6:22 PM / in 5 years

J&J unit recalls bone putty

(Reuters) - The health regulator said certain lots of bone putty made by Johnson & Johnson unit Synthes were recalled as there was potential for the putty to catch fire if it came in contact with electrosurgical cautery systems during surgery.

A general view shows the offices of Synthes in Oberdorf April 25, 2011. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The Hemostatic Bone Putty is used to stop bone bleeding by creating a physical barrier along the edges of bones damaged by trauma or cut during a surgical procedure.

The recall, which has been classified as Class I, or the most serious type of recall, was initiated on July 5.

Synthes had issued a medical device recall letter on July 5 requesting medical facilities to examine their inventory and immediately stop using the identified part and lot numbers of the putty manufactured between July 6, 2011 and December 14, 2011.

J&J has been hit by several recalls ranging from its consumer medicines Tylenol and Motrin to artificial hip implants. The company had also taken charges of more than $3 billion in the latest fourth quarter largely related to the recall of the defective artificial hips.

J&J shares were up marginally at $67.97 in afternoon trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

Reporting by Esha Dey in Bangalore; Editing by Roshni Menon

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