The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a six-month extension to allow all health care facilities to transition from Steris Corp.'s modified System 1 processor (SS1) to legally marketed alternative devices by Feb. 2, 2012. The FDA announced in December 2009 that it had not approved or cleared the SS1 for its labeled claims and its use should be discontinued as soon as practicable. The FDA does not anticipate any future extensions.

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