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Supply Issues Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic Surgical Sutures FVQ517 FVU054 and FVU327 (ICN 1944)

Important Customer Notice Resolved

Ref: 2022/1944 ICN Number: 1944


  • The suppliers Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic have informed us that this temporary supply issue is now resolved.
  • FVQ517 and FVU327 are now available to order through our online catalogue.
  • FVU054 has been delisted and is available whilst stocks last.


  • The supplier’s Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic have informed us of a supply issue with their Surgical Sutures.
  • The three product codes affected are:
    • FVQ517 – Suture polysorb pre-cut L33
    • FVU054 – Suture absorbable W9365 75cm
    • FVU327 – Suture absorbable W9940 75cm.
  • The supply issues are as follows:
    • FVQ517 – Manufacturing delays
    • FVU054 – Packaging shortage
    • FVU327 – Raw material shortage.


  • The affected codes are currently unavailable to order.
  • Potential indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue:
    • FVQ554 – Ligature reel polysorb
    • FKV5427 – Sutures Absorbable
    • FVO114 – Suture caprosyn.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to access the product listing for further information on the affected product codes and potential alternatives.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by the end of January 2023.

Next Steps:              

  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the potential indirect alternative products.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain 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 ▼

  • 1944 Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic Product Listing with Alternatives 19 December 2022

    An Excel file showing the product listing with alternatives for ICN 1944.
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