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Some Naloxone being recalled due to particulate matter

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A recall on a popular overdose reversal medication was announced by the FDA this week. 

Naloxone hydrochloride has been voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer.

This has local first responders checking their supplies.  

A voluntary recall of an opioid reversal medication has prompted the FDA to tell people and hospitals to check their supplies.

Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling lots (Naloxone) To the hospital/institution level due to the potential presence of embedded and loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger.

Even though the directions warn users to check for debris and clear it, so it works properly, they still issued the recall because of the potential side effects.

"In the event that impacted product is administered to a patient, the patient has a low likelihood of experiencing adverse events ranging from local irritation, allergic reactions, phlebitis, end-organ granuloma, tissue ischemia, pulmonary emboli, pulmonary dysfunction, pulmonary infarction, and toxicity," the FDA said in an advisory. 

Closer to home, the West Springfield Fire Department said that in the event of a recall, their supplier would send certified mail to make sure they know about it.

"When there is a recall, the distributor contacts us directly and gives us parameters if we are effected or not," said West Springfield Fire Lt. Andrew McCoubrey.

They were not affected by this recall, but McCoubrey told Western Mass News that they have protocols in place in the event a warning is sent out.

"If it is the case, the group on-duty will inventory all the trucks and all the reserve medical supplies we have," McCoubrey noted.

The recall includes:

  • Naloxone hydrochloride injection
  • Single-use cartridge syringe system 
  • Distributed from February 2017 to February 2018

Pfizer indicates that the recalled product is commonly used by first responders and other medical personnel and is not the version often available to the general public at locations including pharmacies.

"Since there was a recall put out, it's a good idea to get in touch with the distributor to see if it is effected to either dispose of it or get it replaced," McCoubrey explained.

Although the recall said that no adverse effects have officially been reported, they still want people to check their supplies. 

For more information on the recall, you can CLICK HERE 

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