FDA NEWS RELEASE: FDA announces voluntary recall of certain sterile products from Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy
For Immediate Release: Oct. 22, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting hospitals, health care providers, veterinarians, and patients of a voluntary recall of certain human and veterinary products produced and distributed for sterile use by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy of South Lyon, Mich.
According to information provided by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy, the recalled products were distributed directly to hospitals and patients located in the state of Michigan between July 1, 2013 and Oct. 19, 2013. No products were distributed outside of the state, according to the firm.
The recall is being initiated by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy after unidentified particulate matter was found floating in a sterile product from the same lot as products that may have been administered to patients at a Michigan hospital.
At this time the FDA recommends that any sterile product produced by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy should not be used or administered to patients or animals. Hospitals, health care providers, veterinarians, and patients who have received any sterile product produced by Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy should immediately discontinue use, quarantine all sterile products, and return the recalled products to Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy.
For additional details about the recall, please contact Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy at 248-446-2643.
At this time the FDA is not aware of any adverse events associated with Specialty Medicine Compounding's products. The FDA is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Michigan state officials to determine the scope of the contamination. The agency's investigation is ongoing.
"Patient safety is a top priority for the agency, and giving a patient a contaminated injectable drug could result in a life-threatening infection," said Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are recommending that patients discontinue use of any sterile product produced by this firm."
Adverse reactions experienced with the use of any Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy products may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program by:
completing and submitting the report online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm; or
downloading and completing the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
Editor's Note: In August 2013, the FDA oversaw a recall initiated by a pharmacy with a similar name in Texas, Specialty Compounding, LLC. Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy is not the same company and the FDA is not aware of any relationship between the two businesses.
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