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Recall Alert: Hydromorphone HCL Injection USP by Hospira

Tuesday, March 6, 2018  
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SIS Patient Safety Alert 03/05/2018: Hydromorphone HCL Injection USP by Hospira: Recall - Potential for Empty or Cracked Glass Vials

This is an important alert from the Spine Intervention Society. SIS sends Patient Safety Alerts when it receives important information regarding products or services that can impact your patients' safety. When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a safety alert, or a company announces a recall or market withdrawal, the FDA posts the announcement as a public service. Neither SIS, nor the FDA endorse either the product or the company.

 

ISSUE: Hospira is voluntarily recalling three lots of Hydromorphone HCl Injection, USP CII 10 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2 mL Single Dose Vials lot numbers 71330DD (NDC 0409-2634-01), and 691853F and 700753F (NDC 0703-0110-01 – Teva lots) to the hospital/institution level. Hospira initiated this recall on February 07, 2018 due to the potential that units from these lots may be empty or cracked at the bottom of the glass vial.

Cracked vials may compromise the sterility of the product. Use of or exposure to cracked units may be associated with adverse events such as sharps injury to healthcare professionals. Intravenous infusion of a non-sterile solution can lead to bloodstream infections, which may potentially lead to bacteremia or sepsis. These infections are of concern especially to immunocompromised patients.

BACKGROUND: Hydromorphone HCl is an opioid agonist indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate. It is also indicated for use in opioid-tolerant patients who require higher doses of opioids for the management of pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate.

Hydromorphone HCl Injection, USP CII 10 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2 mL Single Dose Vials, is packaged in a carton of 10 x 1 mL Single-dose vials. The affected lots include the following NDC, lot numbers and expiry dates. Product was distributed nationwide to wholesalers/distributors/retailers/hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico from October 2016 to July 2017.

RECOMMENDATION: Hospira, Inc. has notified wholesalers/ distributors/retailers/hospitals by recall letter to arrange for return of any recalled product. Wholesalers/distributors/retailers/hospitals with an existing inventory of the lots subject to this recall should stop use and distribution of the remaining units and quarantine immediately. Healthcare professionals in your organization should be informed of this recall. If you have further distributed the recalled product, to the wholesale or retail level, please notify any accounts or additional locations which may have received the recalled product from you. For additional assistance, call Stericycle at 1-800-805-3093 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: fda.gov/MedWatch/report
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

Read the FDA MedWatch Safety Alert for further details.

Source: Food and Drug Administration Accessed: 03/05/2018


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