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Safety Information

Revised: 1 December 2009

Medical Device Safety Issues

Graseby MS-Series Syringe Drivers - Extension of Deadline

Medsafe has extended its target date for the removal of Graseby MS-Series Syringe Drivers from clinical use to 30 June 2010. This change has been made at the request of CareFusion, suppliers of the DHBNZ recommended replacement device.

Current Situation

Most of the DHBs and hospices have already transitioned to the DHBNZ recommended replacement device, but some organisations still need to make the change from the Graseby to the new device. In the interests of patient safety Medsafe has extended the target date for the removal of the Graseby devices to ensure that there are sufficient syringe drivers available for patient care during the transition phase. The six month extension of the deadline should provide adequate time for the remaining organisations to transition from the Graseby devices.

Medsafe will continue to monitor the progress of the transition program.

Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority and is a business unit of the Ministry of Health.

Inquiries about this matter should be sent to Robert Jelas, Senior Advisor Medical Devices, via email (robert_jelas@moh.govt.nz), telephone (04-819-6881) or fax (04-819-6806).

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