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Glass Particulates in IV Antibiotic; Possible Serious Injury


On March 9, 2016, Teva Pharmaceuticals recalled of one lot of amikacin sulfate injection USP, 1 gram/4mL (250 mg/mL) vials due to the potential presence of particulate matter identified as glass in one vial. The recalled lot is: #47509159/2017 with an individual pack NDC# of 0703-9040-01

 

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 if a critical organ is affected.

 

Amikacin sulfate injection USP is used in the short-term treatment of serious infections due to susceptible strains of Gram-negative bacteria, and has also been shown to be effective in staphylococcal infections and may be considered as initial therapy under certain conditions in the treatment of known or suspected staphylococcal disease. Amikacin sulfate injection is in a class of medications called aminoglycoside antibiotics and is packaged in pharmacy bulk packages, containing ten 1 gram/4 mL (250 mg/mL) vials per shelf pack. Amikacin sulfate injection 250 mg/mL, 4 mL vials were distributed nationwide through wholesalers, retailers and pharmacies.

 

See the Recall

 

See the FDA Safety Alert

 

See also Medical Law Perspectives, May 2013 Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication 

 

 

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