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FDA Medwatch Alert: Meds IV Pharmacy, IV Compounded Products Recall: Outbreak of Serratia Marcescens Bacteremia in Alabama Hospitals

Posted 16 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: The Alabama Department of Public Health announced an ongoing investigation of an outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia in six Alabama hospitals. On March 16, ADPH was notified that an outbreak had occurred in two of these hospitals among patients receiving TPN (total parenteral nutrition). ADPH is aware of 19 cases in these six hospitals of Serratia marcescens bacteremia related to this outbreak. BACKGROUND: CDC's initial investigation identified TPN produced by a single pharmacy, Meds IV, as a potential common source and has determined that these hospitals received TPN from this pharmacy. At this time, Meds IV recalled all of its IV compounded products. RECOMMENDATION: Remove the recalled products from Meds IV Pharmacy from shelves. Refer to the Press Release for a complete list of affected products. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse ... Read more

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