Supply Issues Bard Limited Vacuum Assisted Biopsy Probes Multiple Products (ICN 1308)

Important Customer Notice Update

Ref: 2021/1308 ICN Number: 1308

Change:

  • Bard Limited (BD) has updated us further on the supply issue with its EnCor Enspire Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy disposable products.
  • The product codes affected are:
    FRZ3034 / ECP0110GV – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 10 gauge vertical gv
    FRZ3036 / ECP017GV – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 7 gauge vertical gv
    FRZ3035 / ECP0110G – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 10 gauge g
    FRZ3037 ECP017G – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 7 gauge g.
  • Bard will continue to allocate stock of these products until March 2022, a further update as to the supply issue position beyond March 2022 will be provided in February 2022.
  • See the updated Bard Limited (BD) Company statement in the Downloads ▼ sectionDownloads ▼ section for further supporting information.

 Next Steps:

  • We recommend conserving products in current supply for highest priority patients.
  • Consider the use of core biopsy needles where appropriate but please gain clinical acceptance prior to placing orders – In line with NHSE/I and PHE guidance, please see alternative core needles are:
    Bard (BD) – Marquee
    Bard (BD) – Histocore
    Merit Medica – Achieve
    Argon Medical – Promag                                     
    UK Medical –  Mammotome revolve.
  • Please contact your Supplier representatives for specific sizing and code details. All products are available to order via NHS Supply Chain and NPC codes can be provided on request. Supplier contact details:
    Bard customer services – customer.services@bd.com or 01293 606643
    Merit Medical customer services – Orders@merit.com or 0800 973115
    Argon medical customer services – customer.service@argonmedical.com or uksales@argonmedical.com or 01283 538538.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.

Change:

  • Bard Limited (BD) has updated us on the supply issue with its EnCor Enspire Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy disposable products due to output from a manufacturing facility in India being severely impacted by COVID-19, further bottlenecks in the manufacturing process and global transportation delays.
  • The product codes affected are:
  • FRZ3034 / ECP0110GV – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 10 gauge vertical gv
  • FRZ3036 / ECP017GV – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 7 gauge vertical gv.
  • FRZ3035 / ECP0110G – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 10 gauge g
  • FRZ3037 ECP017G – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 7 gauge g.
  • Bard do not expect resumption of supply until December 2021.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section for further supporting information.

Next Steps:

  • We recommend conserving products in current supply for highest priority patients.
  • Consider the use of core biopsy needles where appropriate but please gain clinical acceptance prior to placing orders – In line with NHSE/I and PHE guidance, please see alternative core needles are:-
    Bard (BD) – Marquee
    Bard (BD) – Histocore
    Merit Medica – Achieve
    Argon Medical – Promag.
  • Please contact your Supplier representatives for specific sizing and code details. All products are available to order via NHS Supply Chain and NPC codes can be provided on request:
  • Bard customer services – customer.services@bd.com or 01293 606643.
  • Merit Medical customer services – Orders@merit.com or 0800 973115.
  • Argon medical customer services – customer.service@argonmedical.com or uksales@argonmedical.com or 01283 538538.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.

Change:

  • Bard Limited (BD) has informed us of a temporary supply issue with its EnCor Enspire Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy disposable products due to output from a manufacturing facility in India being severely impacted by COVID-19.
  • The product codes affected are:
  • FRZ3034 / ECP0110GV – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 10 gauge vertical gv
  • FRZ3036 / ECP017GV – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 7 gauge vertical gv.
  • FRZ3035 / ECP0110G – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 10 gauge g
  • FRZ3037 ECP017G – Vacuum assisted biopsy probe 7 gauge g
  • Bard do not expect resumption of supply until September 2021.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section for further supporting information.

Impact:

  • The affected product codes now have a new advised lead time off 114 days.

Next Steps:

  • We recommend conserving products in current supply for highest priority patients
  • Consider the use of core biopsy needles where appropriate but please gain clinical acceptance prior to placing orders – In line with NHSE/I and PHE guidance, please see alternative core needles are:-
    Bard (BD) – Marquee
    Bard (BD) – Histocore
    Merit Medica – Achieve
    Argon Medical – Promag
  • Please contact your Supplier representatives for specific sizing and code details. All products are available to order via NHS Supply Chain and NPC codes can be provided on request:
  • Bard customer services – customer.services@bd.com or 01293 606643
  • Merit Medical customer services – Orders@merit.com or 0800 973115
  • Argon medical customer services – customer.service@argonmedical.com or uksales@argonmedical.com or 01283 538538
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.

Downloads ▼

  • 1308 Production Update - Company Statement

    Updated letter to customers with information about the supply of these products.
  • 1308 Updated Public Health England Guidance for NHS Breast Screening Services

    Interim clinical guidance: management of VAB and excisions.