Hospira Recalls Dozens of Product Lots

by pharmacy on December 3, 2014

hospira-recall-productsLast month, pharmaceutical manufacturer Hospira announced the voluntary recall of “dozens of product lots,” including a single lot of lidocaine hydrochloride injection, and several lots of injectable products in flexible IV containers.

Hospira recalled lot 40-316-DK of their 30-mL 1% lidocaine hydrochloride injection single dose vials after a report of human hair attached to the stopper one vial was confirmed. The company is investigating the cause of the problem at this time.

The lot was distributed to pharmacies during May and June of this year, and expires on April 1, 2016.

Pharmacy personnel are advised to check their inventory of this medication. If you find any of the recalled lidocaine, quarantine it so it is not used. Contact SteriCycle at 1-877-546-5069, any time between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday for specific instructions about how to return the product. For more information about replacing the product, contact Hospira directly by calling 1-877-946-7747 any time between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday.

One lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride injection, lot number 35-315-DD is being recalled. The expiration date on this package is November 1, 2015. This recall is a result of the possibility that the product may have been subjected to temperature extremes during shipment to a customer – and then distributed further by the customer. Though there have been no complaints or reports of adverse reaction, Hospira is recalling the medication out of caution. The recall affects both the retail and medical level facilities for humans and veterinary practices.

Anyone with this product should quarantine their supply, notify anyone else who may have received the recalled product, and contact SteriCycle at 1-844-861-6215 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday to get more information about the recall and instructions for returning the product.

Another recall involves more than 50 lots of IV solutions packaged in 12 units per container. These come from the LifeCare line, packaged in flexible containers. The lots were distributed to pharmacies between September 2013 and October 2014.

The recall of this particular product comes as a result of an issue with the conveyance system which caused the risk of puncture to the packaging. Potential container leakage compromised the sterility of the IV medication. The company has since corrected the problem with the conveyance system.

Pharmacy personnel is advised to check their inventory, and if any lots are found, place them in quarantine to ensure the medication is not used with a patient. Contact SteriCycle at 1-844-861-6221 to obtain information about the recall or how to return the product. Contact Hospira directly for more information about replacement products.

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