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Lovenox FDA Alerts

The FDA Alerts below may be specifically about Lovenox or relate to a group or class of drugs which include Lovenox.

MedWatch Safety Alerts are distributed by the FDA and published by Drugs.com. Following is a list of possible medication recalls, market withdrawals, alerts and warnings.

Recent FDA Alerts for Lovenox

Sandoz, Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP 40mg/0.4 mL Due to Temperature Excursion During Shipping

December 1, 2021 – Princeton, NJ, Sandoz Inc. (“Sandoz”) is initiating a recall of one lot (SAB06761A, Exp 04/2023) of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP 40 mg/0.4 mL Single-Dose Syringes to the consumer level. A portion of lot SAB06761A experienced a temperature excursion during shipment. Enoxaparin Sodium for Injection Lot SAB06761A was shipped to customers in the months of September and October 2021.

The exposure to higher temperatures may have significantly impacted the recalled product’s (lot SAB06761A) effectiveness and thus there may be reasonable probability of risk for patients with health conditions that the product is intended to treat. Such patients could be at risk for blood clots blocking blood vessels, an artery, or traveling to other tissues or organs causing pain, swelling, stroke, clots to the lung or death as a result of the underlying condition. To date, Sandoz has not received any reports of adverse events or injuries related to this recall.

The product is used for prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the legs that can occur after surgeries or in patients with restricted mobility during illness; or prevention of complications associated with heart attacks. The product is packaged in cartons containing ten 0.4 mL syringes, NDC 0781-3246-64. Enoxaparin Sodium Injection was distributed Nationwide in the USA to wholesalers and retailers.

Product Name NDC Number Lot
Number
Expiration
Date
Date of
Manufacture
Enoxaparin Sodium
Injection, USP 40
mg/0.4 mL
00781-3246-64 SAB06761A 04/2023 05/26/2021

Please note: this recall is specific to only one batch (SAB06761A) of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP 40 mg/0.4 mL and does not apply to any other strengths of Sandoz Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP or to other lots of the 40 mg/0.4 mL SKU.

Any product returned that is not associated with this recall will be destroyed and no credit issued.

Sandoz has already notified its wholesalers and retailers by mail and is arranging for return of all recalled product.

Consumers who have Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP 40 mg/0.4 mL (NDC 00781-3246-64 and Lot number SAB06761A) which is being recalled, should stop taking the recalled product, immediately consult with their physician to attain another prescription, and return the product where originally purchased. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Pharmacists should contact Sedgwick directly by phone at 844-265-7389 or by email at sandoz4623@sedgwick.com to request a recall packet. Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ET.

In case of any adverse reactions, please call Sandoz at (800) 525-8747 or email qa.drugsafety@sandoz.com. Customer service agents are available Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET. Adverse events can also be reported to FDA online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

*Enoxaparin sodium injection is a product of Sandoz, Inc.

INDICATION AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Please see full Prescribing Information for additional safety information.

Disclaimer

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by words such as “potentially,” “can,” “will,” “may,” “could,” “initiating,” or similar terms, or by express or implied discussions regarding the potential outcome of the nationwide recall of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection 40MG Lot #SAB06761A, or regarding potential future revenues from such product. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs and expectations regarding future events and are subject to significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. There can be no guarantee as to the outcome of the nationwide recall of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection 40MG Lot #SAB06761A. In particular, our expectations regarding such product could be affected by, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including clinical trial results and additional analysis of existing clinical data; regulatory actions or delays or government regulation generally; the particular prescribing preferences of physicians and patients; competition in general, including potential approval of additional generic or biosimilar versions of such product; global trends toward health care cost containment, including government, payor and general public pricing and reimbursement pressures and requirements for increased pricing transparency; litigation outcomes, including intellectual property disputes or other legal efforts to prevent or limit Sandoz from selling its products; general political, economic and business conditions, including the effects of and efforts to mitigate pandemic diseases such as COVID-19; safety, quality, data integrity or manufacturing issues; potential or actual data security and data privacy breaches, or disruptions of our information technology systems, and other risks and factors referred to in Novartis AG’s current Form 20-F on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Novartis is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Sandoz

Sandoz, a Novartis division, is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. Our purpose is to pioneer access for patients by developing and commercializing novel, affordable approaches that address unmet medical need. Our ambition is to be the world’s leading and most valued generics company. Our broad portfolio of high-quality medicines, covering all major therapeutic areas, accounted for 2020 sales of USD 9.6 billion.

Source: FDA


Apotex Corp. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP Due to Mislabeling of Syringe Barrel Measurement Markings

February 03, 2021 -- Apotex Corp is voluntarily recalling two (2) batches of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP to consumer level due to a packaging error resulting in some syringes barrels containing 150 mg/mL markings (corresponding to 120 mg/0.8mL strength) instead of 100 mg/mL markings (corresponding to 100 mg/mL strength) on the syringe barrel and vice versa. The packaging error was discovered during a customer complaint investigation. To date, Apotex has not received any reports of adverse events related to use of these two batches. The affected product is manufactured by Gland Pharma Limited, Hyderabad, India.

Health Hazard Assessment: Incorrect syringe barrel marking could lead to miscalculation and inaccurate dose administration to patients. In one recalled batch (batch CS008, strength 100 mg/mL), if a consumer used a 150 mg/mL concentration packaged in a barrel corresponding to a l00 mg/mL concentration, patients could receive 3.75 mg of Enoxaparin, instead of 3 mg of Enoxaparin. In another recalled batch (batch CT003, strength 120 mg/0.8mL), if a consumer used a 100 mg/mL concentration packaged in a barrel corresponding to a 150 mg/mL concentration, patients would receive 2 mg of Enoxaparin rather than 2.5 mg of Enoxaparin. Accidental overdosage following administration of enoxaparin sodium injection may lead to bleeding complications. Alternative, if the dose administered is less than prescribed, the patient may be subject to developing some blood clotting conditions.

Enoxaparin Sodium injection is indicated for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), Treatment of Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis, prophylaxis of ischemic complications of unstable angina and non-Q-wave myocardial infarction, when concurrently administered with aspirin and Treatment of Acute ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

The affected Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP can be identified by NDC numbers stated on carton and label of the product.

Product Batch # Strength Syringe Barrel Measurement Markings Pack Size NDC NumberOn Carton NDC Number On label UPC Code on Carton UPC Code on label
Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP CS008 100 mg/mL 100 mg/mL 10 x 1mL Single Dose Syringes 60505-0795-4 60505-0795-1 360505079544 (01)10360505079510
CT003 120 mg/0.8mL 150 mg/ mL 10 x 0.8 mL Single Dose Syringes 60505-0796-4 60505-0796-0 360505079643 (01)10360505079602

The two (2) affected batches of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP were distributed by Apotex nationwide in the USA to Wholesalers and Warehousing Chains. Apotex Corp. is currently notifying its affected direct account Wholesalers and Warehousing Chains, via mail (FedEx Standard Overnight) by mailing a recall notification letter and is arranging for return of all recalled product.

Patients who have received either of the two (2) impacted batches of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP or have questions regarding this recall should contact their pharmacy. Individuals should not interrupt their therapy, should immediately contact their health care provider for medical advice and should return the impacted product to Inmar Rx Solutions by contacting at the numbers provided in this press release.

Wholesalers, Distributors and Retailers should return the recalled product to the place of purchase. Anyone with an existing inventory of the product should quarantine the recalled batches immediately. Customers who purchased the impacted product directly from Apotex can call Inmar Rx Solutions at 1-855-667-8717 (9:00am – 5:00-pm, EST Monday thru Friday), to arrange for their return.

Consumers with the affected units of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP, please contact Inmar Rx Solutions (“Inmar”) at 1-855-667-8717, to receive a recall/return packet including the Recall Stock Response Form, or you may obtain this form from clsnetlink.com

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Apotex Corp. by phone at 1-800-706-5575 (8:30am – 5:00pm, EST Monday thru Friday) or email address UScustomerservice@Apotex.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Source: FDA


Low Molecular Weight Heparins: Drug Safety Communication - Recommendations to Decrease Risk of Spinal Column Bleeding and Paralysis

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that health care professionals carefully consider the timing of spinal catheter placement and removal in patients taking anticoagulant drugs, such as enoxaparin, and delay dosing of anticoagulant medications for some time interval after catheter removal to decrease the risk of spinal column bleeding and subsequent paralysis after spinal injections, including epidural procedures and lumbar punctures. These new timing recommendations, which can decrease the risk of epidural or spinal hematoma, will be added to the labels of anticoagulant drugs known as low molecular weight heparins, including Lovenox and generic enoxaparin products and similar products.

BACKGROUND: Epidural or spinal hematomas are a known risk of enoxaparin in the setting of spinal procedures and are already described in the Boxed Warning and the Warnings and Precautions sections of the labels for Lovenox and generic enoxaparin products. However, these serious adverse events continue to occur (see Data Summary). To address this safety concern, FDA worked with the manufacturer of Lovenox, Sanofi-Aventis, to further evaluate this risk and to update the Warnings and Precautions section of the Lovenox label with these additional timing recommendations. The labels for generic enoxaparin products will also be revised accordingly, as will those of other low molecular weight heparin-type products.

It is important to note that all anticoagulants carry the risk of causing spinal bleeding when used in conjunction with epidural/spinal anesthesia or spinal puncture. We are continuing to evaluate the safety of other anticoagulants to determine if additional label changes are needed.

RECOMMENDATION: Health care professionals and institutions involved in performing spinal/epidural anesthesia or spinal punctures should determine, as part of a preprocedure checklist, whether a patient is receiving anticoagulants and identify the appropriate timing of enoxaparin dosing in relation to catheter placement or removal. To reduce the potential risk of bleeding, consider both the dose and the elimination half-life of the anticoagulant:

  • For enoxaparin, placement or removal of a spinal catheter should be delayed for at least 12 hours after administration of prophylactic doses such as those used for prevention of deep vein thrombosis. Longer delays (24 hours) are appropriate to consider for patients receiving higher therapeutic doses of enoxaparin (1 mg/kg twice daily or 1.5 mg/kg once daily).
  • A postprocedure dose of enoxaparin should usually be given no sooner than 4 hours after catheter removal.
  • In all cases, a benefit-risk assessment should consider both the risk for thrombosis and the risk for bleeding in the context of the procedure and patient risk factors.

 

[11/06/2013 - Drug Safety Communication - FDA]


Lovenox (enoxaparin sodium injection)

FDA and Aventis Pharmaceuticals revised the CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, PRECAUTIONS, and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION sections of labeling, describing the need for a dosage adjustment for patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance <30mL/min) who have increased exposure to enoxaparin. No specific dosage adjustment is required in patients with mild or moderate renal impairment and in low-weight patients. However, low-weight patients should be observed carefully for signs and symptoms of bleeding.

[March 2004 Letter - Aventis]
[July 2004 Label - Aventis]

Lovenox (enoxaparin sodium)

FDA and Aventis strengthened the WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS sections of the Lovenox prescribing information to inform healthcare professionals that the use of Lovenox Injection is not recommended for thromboprophylaxis in patients with prosthetic heart valves. New postmarketing safety information concerning congenital anomalies and non-teratogenic effects on pregnant women and fetuses are described.

[Feb 28, 2002 Letter - Aventis]
[July, 2001 Revised Label - Aventis] Changes highlighted

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