By HOWARD BALABAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — A total of 91 employees were impacted by layoffs at Baxter in Medina on Thursday.
According to Nelson Patterson, Vice President for Baxter-Medina Operation, the employees were primarily from the production and manufacturing side of the business.
“We’re a regulated medical device (manufacturer),” he explained. “The FDA has regulatory jurisdiction over us.”
Baxter produces the Sigma Spectrum Infusion System, which is a pump used in hospitals across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The pump is used on critically ill patients who need to receive intravenous therapy.
Patterson said the Medina facility is at a point where the layoffs were necessary.
“We’re at a point with our development of existing and new platforms that the FDA has asked us to upgrade the regulatory filings with them before we ship more product,” Patterson explained. “We’re doing that now, so it doesn’t make sense to continue producing more product since it may be product that is obsolete once it is completed or shipped.”
Once the new filings are done, Patterson said Baxter “fully intends to resume production” and there is a good chance many of the employees who were let go may be asked to come back.
Prior to Thursday, Baxter had 470 employees and 70 contractors. Now it has just over 370 employees and still has 70 contractors. Patterson said the contractors have “special skills” to help Baxter complete the necessary application the FDA requires. Baxter employs 50,800 people worldwide, and Patterson said Medina’s location was the only one affected by job cuts.
“We’re sad we had to do what we did,” he noted, “but we have absolute confidence in the people who are here, and we should resume production soon.”
Patterson said Baxter intends on completing the necessary FDA requirements at some point before the end of this year.