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  • Voluntary Recall: Baxter REVACLEAR 300 Dialyzer

    Monday, July 8, 2019

    The FDA has announced a Class II recall of 59 lots of the Baxter Revaclear 300 Dialyzer, Product Code 114745L. These HD dialyzers may leak blood during dialysis because there is potential for fibers in the dialyzer to rupture.

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  • Certain Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps Have Potential Cybersecurity Risks: FDA Safety Communication

    Monday, July 1, 2019

    The FDA is warning patients and health care providers that certain Medtronic MiniMed™ insulin pumps have potential cybersecurity risks. Patients with diabetes using these models should switch their insulin pump to models that are better equipped to protect against these potential risks.

    Medtronic is recalling the following affected MiniMed pumps and providing alternative insulin pumps to patients.

    Pump Model                                                 Software Version
    MiniMed™ 508                                                  All versions
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 511                              All versions
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 512/712                       All versions
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 515/715                       All versions
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 522/722                       All versions
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 522K/722K                  All versions
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 523/723                       Version 2.4A or lower
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 523K/723K                  Version 2.4A or lower
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ 712E*                          All versions
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ Veo 554CM/754CM*   Version 2.7A or lower
    MiniMed™ Paradigm™ Veo 554/754*              Version 2.6A or lower

    * Available outside the United States only.

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  • Macleod's Pharmaceutical Issues Voluntary Recall

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States, to the patient level, of 32 lots of Losartan Potassium USP Tablets (2 lots of 50mg strength) and Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide combination Tablets (12 lots  of  50mg/12.5mg strength, 3 lots of 100mg/12.5mg strength and 15 100mg/25mg strength) to the patient level due to the detection of trace amounts of an unexpected impurity, N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA). The impurity was found in 32 lots of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited that is above the US Food & Drug Administration's interim acceptable exposure limit of 9.82 ppm. Based on the available information, the risk of developing cancer in a few patients following long-term use of the product cannot be ruled out.

    Losartan Potassium Tablets and Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide combination Tablets are indicated to treat hypertension and hypertensive patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy. Patients who are on Losartan Potassium Tablets and Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide combination Tablets, USP should continue taking their medication and contact their pharmacist, physician, or medical provider for advice regarding an alternative treatment, as the risk of harm to the patient's health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

    To date, Macleods Pharmaceuticals Limited has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

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  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Losartan Potassium

    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. has expanded its voluntary consumer-level recall originally initiated on April 25, 2019 in the United States of losartan potassium tablets. This expanded recall includes six (6) lots of bulk losartan potassium USP Tablets (two lots of 50 mg strength and four lots of 100 mg strength) due to the detection of an impurity – N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid (NMBA) – that is above the US Food & Drug Administration’s interim acceptable exposure limit of 9.82 ppm. The source of the NMBA impurity was detected in one lot of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited, which was used in the manufacturing of the six (6) bulk lots of these drug products. Based on the available information, there is a potential risk of developing cancer in a few patients following long-term use of products containing high levels of NMBA.

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  • Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Amikacin Sulfate Injection

    Monday, June 10, 2019

    Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Heritage”) East Brunswick, New Jersey, is initiating a voluntary recall of Amikacin Sulfate Injection, USP, 1g/4 mL (250mg/mL), Lot: VEAC025, Expiry Date: October 2019 and Prochlorperazine Edisylate Injection, USP, 10mg/2mL (5mg/mL), Lot: VPCA172, Expiry Date: April 2020, to the consumer level. These drug products are manufactured by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (“Emcure”) and distributed by Heritage. The voluntary recall is being initiated due to microbial growth having been detected in one unreleased sublot of Lot VPCA172 and one unreleased sublot Lot VEAC025, which may indicate a lack of sterility in the other sublots.

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  • Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigens

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expecting a 3 to 10 month nationwide shortage of APLISOL®, a product of Par Pharmaceuticals. APLISOL® is one of two purified-protein derivative (PPD) tuberculin antigens that are licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in performing tuberculin skin tests. The manufacturer notified CDC that they anticipate a supply interruption of APLISOL® 5 mL (50 tests) beginning in June 2019, followed by a supply interruption of APLISOL® 1 mL (10 tests) in November 2019. The expected shortage of APLISOL® 1 mL (10 tests) could occur before November 2019, if demand increases before then. The 3-10 month timeframe for the nationwide shortage is the manufacturer’s current estimate and is subject to change.

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  • FDA Warns People with Diabetes and Health Care Providers Against the Use of Devices for Diabetes Management Not Authorized for Sale in the U.S.

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health care providers and people with diabetes of risks associated with use of devices for diabetes management unauthorized for sale in the U.S., whether used alone or along with other devices. These unauthorized diabetes management devices have not been reviewed by the FDA to ensure they provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for their intended use. Use of unauthorized devices could result in inaccurate glucose level readings or unsafe insulin dosing, which can lead to injury requiring medical intervention or death.

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  • Novartis Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Promacta® 12.5 mg for Oral Suspension Due to Potential Peanut Contamination

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Novartis has announced a voluntary recall of three lots of Promacta (eltrombopag) 12.5 mg for oral suspension to the consumer level. The oral suspension lots are being recalled because of a risk of potential peanut flour contamination that occurred at a third-party contract manufacturing site.

    Promacta tablets in 12.5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg and 75 mg strengths are not impacted by this recall and are not manufactured in the same facility.

    Peanut is a known food allergen. Potential cross contamination with peanut flour, even in small traces, can lead to hypersensitivity reaction in a population of patients with an unknown or known sensitivity to peanut antigen, including a medically significant anaphylactic reaction, which can be fatal.

    To date, Novartis has not received any reports or adverse events for this recall.

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  • FDA Alerts Providers and Patients to Check for Premature Battery Depletion in Certain Medtronic Pacemakers

    Friday, May 10, 2019

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing this safety communication to alert health care providers and patients about issues that may cause batteries in certain Medtronic implantable pacemakers or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps) to drain more quickly than expected without warning patients or health care providers.

    The FDA is aware of three medical device reports in which a Medtronic implantable pacemaker or CRT-P battery had fully drained because of a crack in the device’s capacitor, without any warning to the patient or health care provider. As of April 10, 2019, 131,889 have been sold in the U.S.

    If a capacitor in an implanted pacemaker or CRT-P is cracked, it can create an electric short, which can cause a battery to drain earlier than expected. If the battery is completely drained, the device will no longer deliver pacing therapy. The patients who rely heavily on pacing or who are pacemaker dependent may be most at risk for having an adverse outcome.

    In all three medical device reports the FDA received, Medtronic reported that health care providers were unable to communicate with the device due to battery depletion, resulting in loss of pacemaker function. Medtronic also reported these events occurred within one year after the patient was implanted with the pacemaker or CRT-P, on average within seven months of getting the device implanted. The devices are designed to last between approximately 7.5 and 15 years or 6 and 10 years before requiring battery replacement, depending on the device and the amount of pacing. One of the reported events resulted in the death of a pacemaker-dependent patient. In a second reported event, the patient experienced dizziness during follow-up and the health care provider was unable to communicate with the device, which resulted in the patient getting their device replaced. In the third reported event, there was no harm to the patient because the device was not implanted when the health care provider became aware that a connection with the device could not be established.

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  • Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Mycophenolate Mofetil for Injection, USP

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    Endo International plc, announced today that one of its operating companies, Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Mycophenolate Mofetil for Injection, USP to the hospital and retail pharmacy level. One vial of product was observed containing a glass fragment after reconstitution.

    The administration of a glass particulate, if present in an intravenous drug, may result in local irritation or swelling in response to the foreign material. More serious potential outcomes would include blockage and clotting in blood vessels, which may be life-threatening. To date, Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

    Mycophenolate Mofetil for Injection, USP is indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving allogeneic renal, cardiac or hepatic transplants. Mycophenolate Mofetil for Injection, USP should be used concomitantly with cyclosporine and corticosteroids. The affected Mycophenolate Mofetil for Injection, USP includes lot AD812, expiry 09/2020. The product, manufactured for Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. by Gland Pharma Limited, is packaged in cartons of 4 single use vials with NDC 42023-172-04. Mycophenolate Mofetil for Injection, USP, lot AD812 was distributed nationwide in the U.S. to wholesale distribution locations between January 23, 2019, and February 11, 2019.

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