Recall-plagued Johnson & Johnson quietly recalled a half-million sutures in Europe, primarily in the UK, due to significant risk of contamination from faulty packaging. J&J did not publicize the recall, which took place late last year. However, the recall came to light after the UK's MHRA posted a notice on its website earlier today.
The sutures were manufactured by J&J's Ethicon division and sold under the brand names Ethilon, Ethibond, Mersilene and Mersilk. Patients in Europe who received J&J sutures in Europe and developed an infection are urged to speak with their physicians.