J & J unit recalls orthopedic implant

Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ -0.3%) DePuy Synthes unit recalls certain lots of its Craniomaxillofacial Distraction System also called External Mandibular Fixator and/or Distractor and a Bone Plate. The lots are being recalled due to the risk of the device reversing direction and losing the desired distraction distance after surgery.

Infants are at greatest risk due to the potential sudden obstruction of the trachea which could lead to respiratory arrest.

There have been 15 reports of injury associated with use of the device.

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