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American Regent Injectable Products: Recall - Visible Particulates in Products

Audience: Pharmacy

  • Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection, 4 mg/mL, 1 mL Single Dose Vials; 5 mL and 30 mL Multiple Dose Vials
  • Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 0.9%, 30 mL Multiple Dose Vials
  • Concentrated Sodium Chloride Injection, USP 23.4%, 30 mL Single Dose Vials and 100mL Pharmacy Bulk Packages
  • Sodium Thiosulfate Injection USP 10%
  • Potassium Phosphates Injection, USP


[UPDATED 03/18/2011]  Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection products recalled.

[UPDATED 03/17/2011] Concentrated Sodium Chloride Injection products recalled.

[Posted 02/05/2011]

ISSUE: Recall initiated because some vials exhibit translucent visible particles consistent with glass delamination. Potential adverse events after intravenous administration include damage to blood vessels in the lung, localized swelling, and granuloma formation.

BACKGROUND: Glass delamination can occur with high pH solutions when the surface glass from the vial separates into thin layers, resulting in glass particles with a flaky appearance.

RECOMMENDATION: Hospitals, Home Health Care Agencies, Emergency Rooms, Infusion Centers, Clinics and other healthcare facilities should not use the recalled American Regent products. Recalled products should be immediately quarantined for return. Refer to Press Releases for specific lot numbers recalled.


Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:


[03/16/2011 - Press Release, Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate - American Regent]
[03/15/2011 - Press Release, Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride - American Regent] 
[03/15/2011 - Press Release, Concentrated Sodium Chloride - American Regent] 
[02/04/2011 - Press Release, Sodium Thiosulfate - American Regent]
[02/03/2011 - Press Release, Potassium Phosphates - American Regent]   

Previous, related product alerts:

[12/24/2010 - Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection]
[12/29/2010 - Sodium Bicarbonate Injection]