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The company issues a voluntary nationwide recall due to the presence of particulate matter in a single vial.
On Jan. 24, 2017, Hospira, a Pfizer company, announced that it was voluntarily recalling one lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP to the hospital/retail level. The recall, which affects NDC: 0409-6510-01, Lot 591053A, Expiry Date 1NOV2017, is due to a customer report of particulate matter found in a vial. The affected lot was distributed in the United States from August 2016 through September 2016.
While Hospira had not received any reports of adverse events associated with the product at the time of the announcement, the company cautioned in a press release that administration of particulates may result in “local swelling, irritation of blood vessels or tissue, blockage of blood vessels and/or low-level allergic response to the particulate.” The company is advising customers to stop use and distribution of the recalled lot.
Vancomycin Hydrochloride is used to treat infections caused by susceptible strains of methicillin-resistant staphylococci. It may also be used by patients allergic to penicillin or who have not responded to other antimicrobials.