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Deadly hospital beds seized

After the FDA became aware of 30 people who became trapped in hospital beds made by Vail Products Inc., resulting in the deaths of seven people, the agency cited a public health risk and ordered the seizure of the beds.

The FDA directed U.S. marshals to seize all finished Vail 500, 1000 and 2000 enclosed beds and components, labeling and promotional materials for those models. The agency said the hospital beds are misbranded because they are dangerous when used as recommended and lack adequate warnings and directions for use.

The Vail Products Web site says the beds allow “the patient to move about freely within a safe, padded environment,” but the FDA said the company failed or refused to provide requested information. Inspections indicate Vail Products has continually failed to follow quality requirements, and the agency said it issued two warning letters to the company outlining unacceptable practices. The FDA said Vail Products did not take “appropriate actions.”

The company's Web site did not mention the news of yesterday's bed seizure.

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