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Supply Issues Becton Dickinson Product Venous Tube Trace Elements KFK359 and KFK360 (ICN 1824)

Important Customer Notice Resolved

Ref: 2022/1824 ICN Number: 1824
  • The two previously affected product codes are now available to order however, orders of these products are subject to demand management until the issue is fully resolved:
    • KFK359 – Plastic 6ml serum royal blue 13 x 100mm hemogard cap
    • KFK360 – Plastic 6m K2 royal blue 13 x 100mm hemogard cap.
  • Potential indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue.
  • Please see our Downloads section to refer to the product listing for further information on the affected products and potential alternatives. The product listing includes a tab for Venous Tube Serum products as these can also be used as indirect alternatives.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by 31 December 2022.

Change:

  • The supplier Becton Dickinson has informed us of a supply issue with its Venous Tube Trace Elements.
  • The two product codes affected are:
    • KFK359 – Plastic 6ml serum royal blue 13 x 100mm hemogard cap
    • KFK360 – Plastic 6m K2 royal blue 13 x 100mm hemogard cap.
  • The supply issue is due to missed production resulting from an increase in demand on higher priority products.

Impact:

  • KFK360 is suspended and unavailable to order.
  • KFK359 is currently unavailable to order as it is subject to control demand management.
  • However, if you have an urgent clinical need for KFK359, you need to complete and submit the Control Suspended Consumables Product Submission Webform. See our Useful Links section to access this webform.
  • Potential indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue:
    • KFK262 – Vacuette 6ml Trace Element Sodium Heparin 13 x 100mm Royal Blue Black
    • KFK1005 – Glass 7ml Sodium Heparin royal blue 13 x 100mm hemogard cap
    • KFK360 – Plastic 6m K2 royal blue 13 x 100mm hemogard cap
    • KFK359 – Plastic 6ml serum royal blue 13 x 100mm hemogard cap.
  • Please carefully review the Glass Trace Elements tube as an indirect alternative and the differences between the plastic tubes and glass as they do not have the same contamination limits.

BD Vacutainer Trace Element Tubes
BD Vacutainer Tubes

  • Please see our Downloads section to refer to the product listing for further information on the affected products and potential alternatives. The product listing includes a tab for Venous Tube Serum products as these can also be used as indirect alternatives.

Venous Tube Serum Products

  • Venous Tube Serum products can be used as indirect alternatives as these can be used to run the same test however, a different process would need to be followed.
  • The key feature of Trace Elements tubes is that each batch is checked with an analytical technique called ICP-MS, which is not done in the standard tubes.
  • The concentrations of trace elements measured in the blood are typically very low and therefore providing the baseline concentration allows the scientists and clinicians to decipher an accurate concentration of that specific element in the blood.
  • The trace elements tubes also have a different stopper composition to the standard tubes, again to minimise any baseline trace elements that may be present.
  • These factors need to be reviewed before purchasing.
  • See our Downloads section to access the product listing for further information on the affected product codes and indirect alternatives.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by the end December 2022.

Next Steps:

  • Customers are advised to review the indirect alternatives that have been provided, as the interoperability and compatibility with analysers that customers have in place will need to be checked before purchasing any of the alternatives.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.

Please note that due to the clinical nature of these alternative products we advise you to consult your own clinical experts to ensure suitability for your organisations use of these products.

Downloads ▼

  • 1824 Becton Dickinson Product Listing with Alternatives 22 November 2022

    An Excel file showing the product listing with alternatives for ICN 1824.
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