Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall

September 16, 2014
Pharmaceutical Technology Editors

Hospira recalled one lot of heparin due to particulate matter.

Hospira initiated a voluntary nationwide user-level recall of one lot of Heparin Sodium, 1000 USP Heparin Units/500 mL (2 USP Heparin Units/mL), in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, 500 mL, NDC 0409-7620-03 Lot 41-046-JT with an expiration date of 01NOV 2015. This action is due to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. The foreign particle was confirmed by Hospira as human hair, sealed between the tube and the film at the round seal of the unused Administrative Port on the non-print side of the container.

The drug being recalled is indicated as an anticoagulant to maintain catheter patency. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for this lot. The root cause has not been determined and is under investigation.

The affected lot was distributed nationwide between June 2014 and August 2014 to wholesalers/distributors, hospitals, and pharmacies. Anyone with an existing inventory should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately. In addition, customers should inform potential users of this product in their organizations of this notification. Hospira will be notifying its direct distributors/customers via a recall letter and will arrange for impacted product to be returned to Stericycle.

Source: FDA