Cumberland pulls lots of particulate-plagued liver drug

Just as the year marches to its inevitable end, we have yet another particle-related recall to add to 2010's tally. Cumberland Pharmaceuticals is pulling six lots of its injectable liver drug, Acetadote, because some vials contained fine particles. The recall is precautionary rather than prompted by adverse-event reports.

Cumberland says the particles' source was the glass vial used by a former packaging supplier. And the company is far from the only one to suffer recently from tiny glass flakes or particles in injectable products. Other sorts of particles have plagued drugmakers from Johnson & Johnson to Amgen.

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