FDA orders killer hospital beds to be seized

Most likely you don’t have one in your home, but we have them in our hospital:

CNN.com – FDA orders killer hospital beds to be seized – Mar 22, 2005

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, citing a public health risk, said Tuesday it ordered the seizure of enclosed hospital beds made by Vail Products Inc.

The FDA said it was aware of 30 people who became trapped in the beds, seven of whom died.

Officials at Toledo, Ohio-based Vail Products could not be immediately reached for comment. The company’s Web site says the beds, used for clinical and home care, allow "the patient to move about freely within a safe, padded environment."

The site makes no mention of Tuesday’s seizure.

The FDA said it directed U.S. marshals to seize all finished Vail 500, 1000, and 2000 enclosed beds as well as components, labeling and promotional materials for those models.

The FDA can order the Marshals to seize things?  I didn’t know that.


  1. Those US marshals can pry my Vioxx samples from my cold dead hands.

  2. Those beds remind me of a Robin Cook story, just can’t remember which one