LONDON (Nov. 27) - Smith & Nephew PLC, a global medical technology
business, announced a precautionary recall of some knee implants
A number of semifinished knee implant castings have a
higher-than-specified iron content. These castings were
manufactured during May and June on behalf of the company's
subsidiary, Plus Orthopedics.
"The finished products have been supplied mainly to customers
in Europe, with some to the U.S. and other countries," the company
said in a statement. "All affected products are now being recalled
as a precautionary measure."
Of the affected products, about 275 have been implanted and the
recall process is working to determine the status of approximately
300 additional implants.
The shares dipped 1.9 percent to 563 pence (US$11.63; 7.83) on
the London Stock Exchange.