According a recent article on Dotmed.com, this past year has seen a massive number of medical device recalls. According to ExpertRecall, a company tasked with tracking food, drug and device recalls, a whopping 123 million such devices were recalled in the most recent quarter of the year, representing a nearly two-year high.
ExpertRecall pointed out that the number of device recalls is actually down slightly from the first quarter. However, the number of individual units affected by the recalls passed the 100 million mark for the first time since the third quarter of 2010. An analysis of FDA enforcement reports found that the second quarter of 2012 saw some 242 medical device recalls, a drop of 13% from the 277 recalls seen in the first quarter of this year. Though there was a drop, the most recent numbers still represent an increase of 4% from the same time last year.
The 123 million units recalled last quarter represent an astounding 50% increase on the 82 million units recalled in the first quarter of the year. Though the gap may seem larger, stepping back in time reveals an even difference. In the second quarter of 2011, only 16 million devices were recalled, about 1/8 as many as last quarter.