Layoffs: Baxter axes nearly 100 from New York facility amid FDA inquiry

September 30, 2013 by Arezu Sarvestani

Medical device maker Baxter lays off nearly 100 employees from its Medina, N.Y., facility that manufactures the Sigma Spectrum infusion pump at the center of an FDA inquiry.

Baxter axes 100 from New York facility

Healthcare giant Baxter (NYSE:BAX) announced that it fired nearly 100 employees from a Medina, N.Y., amid an FDA inquiry into the Sigma Spectrum infusion pump manufactured there.

The FDA has asked Baxter to provide additional information into modifications proposed for the medical device, forcing Baxter to suspend shipments since April of this year.

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"Baxter anticipates resuming manufacturing of the SIGMA Spectrum infusion pump in Medina based on the clearance of our 510(k) submission with the FDA," Baxter spokesman John O'Malley told the Buffalo Business Journal, adding that the Medina facility is, "essential to Baxter's ability to continue servicing and supporting customers who rely on the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion pump to provide life-saving and life-sustaining care to patients."