France removes bovine collagen product from market:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The French government has ordered the removal of the vascular prosthesis, Arteknit, which is coated with bovine collagen. The Health Ministry's expert panel on microbiological safety considered the product, which is distributed in France by Cormery-based LG Diffusion, as not entirely safe and that patients may be at risk of contracting a transmissible disease. The government has made it clear this is a single-product withdrawal and does not involve other devices which use bovine products.