Stainless steel sutures
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Effective May 15, 316L stainless steel sutures and substantially equivalent devices are reclassified by FDA from Class III to Class II for use in abdominal wound closure, intestinal anastomosis, hernia repair, and sternal closure. The downclassification follows a Feb. 21, 1986 petition by Alto Development Corp. and a March 25, 1986 recommendation from the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel
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