Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Opioid Overdose Medication Naloxone Recalled Due To Presence Of Particulate Matter

Opioid Overdose Medication Naloxone Recalled Due To Presence Of Particulate Matter

On June 4, 2018, Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, announced it was recalling lots 72680LL and 76510LL of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 0.4 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2.5 mL, Carpuject Single-use cartridge syringe system (NDC 0409-1782-69), to the hospital/institution level.

In the midst of an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that appears to only be getting worse, the company that manufactures naloxone-an antidote for opioid overdoses that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has recommended more Americans carry with them-has issued a nationwide recall for two lots of the drug.

The company says it found loose or embedded particulate matter on the syringe plunger.

US Food and Drug Administration.

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Notably, Naloxone is administered for intramuscular, intravenous and subcutaneous use to completely or partially reverse the effects of opioids overdose.

"DHHR's statewide distribution of naloxone to first responders is not expected to be impacted by the FDA's recall of naloxone", DHHR officials said.

Hospira, Inc. has notified wholesalers, distributors, and hospitals to arrange for return of any recalled product. Adverse reactions may include local irritation, allergic reactions, phlebitis, end-organ granuloma, tissue ischemia, pulmonary emboli, pulmonary dysfunction, pulmonary infarction, and toxicity. However, if there is any person who experiences adverse reactions should report the matter immediately to the agency's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. The drug is known to restore the respiration to a person who stops breathing due to the overdose.

Some of the states that were hardest hit by the opioid epidemic include West Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and MA.

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