Discontinued Weber & Judd reservoir catheters

Hi, I went to order the #0718601 catheter but was told the Weber and Judd corporate office has closed down production of those catheters. We need the flexibility of the silicone rubber for new Kpouches which Marlen brand and Medina brand do not offer. Does anyone have another recommendation? 

Thank  you in advance,

~ET 

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ET,

Sorry, wish I had an answer for you. Have been on a hunt for catheters for many months now. The Marlin and Medina are too flexible and I have been told by several suppliers that there is a production problem. And some companies no longer make the product .

This is certainly effecting my quality of life in a very bad way. If you hear of anything please, please pass the information along.

Thank you

Best of luck

Jan

 

 

Hello all. Just for clarification and personal venting:  This news is very distressing to me and I suspect others.  I have used these catheters since 1981 following surgery at Mayo Clinic which is next door to Weber and Judd pharmacy. I have sampled other catheters over the years all of which have been problematic for me including damage to my stoma.  I have been willing to pay many times more for the Weber and Judd product. I contacted them about the discontinuance and was told they had sold their long term care facility which had been in-house manufacturing the catheters. They have decided to no longer continue to make them. I was offered what sounds to be the Marlen catheter, which I have found to be too stiff, curved in odd direction, limited to two edgy holes and short. The person I talked to informed me that another K-Poucher was very pleased with the change (which may be true but also seemed dismissive of my concerns). I understand their catheter is widely preferred by many. We differ in our situations and personal needs.  One size does not fit all. Same as with other medical conditions. I was informed that it was a corporate decision to no longer offer their catheter and that he didn’t know who made choice to do so. I asked about the corporation’s board and chairperson to potentially express my concerns. He claimed he didn’t know who they are. This is corporate annonmity, diffusion of responsibility and apparent cost focused healthcare decision making (although at the most recent $109.00/catheter, it seems a profit could be made). Curiously, their motto is “Then-Now-Always.” All this said,  I am grateful for the nearly 40 years of the Weber and Judd catheter, the personalized caring and service I received through their previous division. Just not sure of direction forward. Perhaps out of country purveyors? 

Kent

Thank you Jan- I will continue my search for more options and keep you in the know.

Kent, I was told the very same by Weber and Judd pharmacy and I also called their Corporate but I have not received a call back. I will keep this topic going once I gain more information.

~ET

Gosh, let’s hope not! I have a hard enough time getting the few Medicare allows now.I tried getting extras, as I was battling C-diff and was told to get new ones as to not recontaminate, but was denied. They said that would interfere with my regular order?? 

Cant understand as I would have just paid out of pocket. Was advised on how to disinfect what I had with bleach.

 I have a NG tube to use to relieve gas and it doubles to help strengthen the Medena

One of my Drs is now looking into a type of plastic open curette to see if that will help. You would just pull it out as soon as you get the regular catheter through the valve ,and it is washable, they say.Hopefully I get that soon.  I have to intubate at least 10 times a day. Will let you all know if that works out!

I believe the medical world is beginning to see we have a problem here. But as Kim says, we are a disappearing group🥴😢

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After I left Cleveland, I couldn’t find the flexible catheter they used with my drainage bag. I eventually started using the red rubber catheters. They are a little longer and heavier but they worked for me. I still use it when I’m having problems intubating. DD0AB805-1AF0-4F50-A490-163E061F2F1EF37FE652-DBA9-4182-9E14-D41D17D2C5CC

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I just got an email response from Marlen Manufacturing and they're in the process developing and replacing Weber & Judd catheters, as in length, etc.  I just ordered one of their medium straight 30 fr catheters at 15 inches and they work really well for me, are flexible but I hate the short length. I've used the Weber and Judd since my K-pouch of 41 years so was horrified to hear this news as well. I emailed Marlen mfg. just yesterday and got a quick reply from them. So this is good news!  I also contacted the Mayo clinic as they also only used Weber & Judd catheters and they have a potential distributor for the W & J design as well.  So it may take some time, I suggest that anyone who is interested to email Marlen mfg.  for future info.  

DGS,

Please let us know as soon as you receive the new Marlin. I just got an e-mail that the urinary catheter i’ve been waiting for is coming tomorrow. This I will try to put in the Medena to strengthen insertion.15 inches is so much better, most of the time I have to bend over doggy style to empty, putting me really close to the potty🤨

ET/RN  I have extremely thick output most of the time, despite whatever I do, so when I can get my hands on one of these new ones, i’ll Let everyone know.

It has taken me weeks to get the catheter coming tomorrow 🤞. This is just becoming so stressful ,apparently all these changes started taking place in the last year. I’m at 17 months out. Rats !!

Thanks sooo much for all of your input,

Jan 

 

 

 

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