Deerfield, Ill. – Baxter International Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling two lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/end user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. The particulate matter in each case was determined to be an insect and was identified as a result of a customer complaint. The matter was identified prior to patient administration and there have been no adverse events associated with this issue reported to Baxter to date.
Injecting a product containing particulate matter, in the absence of in-line filtration, may result in blockage of blood vessels, which can result in stroke, heart attack or damage to other organs such as the kidney or liver. There is also the possibility of allergic reactions, local irritation and inflammation in tissues and organs.
This recall affects the following lots:
0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VIAFLEX Plastic Container is intended for IV use as a source of water and electrolytes and may also be used as a priming solution in hemodialysis procedures. 70% Dextrose Injection (2000 mL) USP is indicated as a source of calories and water for hydration.
The lots being recalled were distributed to customers and distributors in the United States between June 6, 2015 and December 16, 2015. Baxter is directing customers not to use the product from the recalled lots. Recalled product should be returned to Baxter for credit by contacting Baxter Healthcare Center for Service at 1-888-229-0001, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Central Time. Unaffected lots of product are available for replacement. This recall is not expected to affect current supply and product remains available for current customers.
Customers with questions regarding this recall can call Baxter at 1-800-422-9837, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, or email Baxter at email@example.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these drug products.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of these products may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
- Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm 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.
Baxter is voluntarily conducting this recall with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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