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Cytarabine for Injection, 1 gm/vial [Bedford Labs]: Recall: Risk of Lack of Sterility

Audience: Pharmacy, Oncology, Risk Manager

ISSUE: Bedford Laboratories announced a nationwide recall of three lots of cytarabine for injection—2066986, 2111675, and 2131148—because vials have a potential risk of a lack of sterility. The risk was determined from a post-release investigation of the manufacturing area.

BACKGROUND: Cytarabine in combination with other approved anticancer drugs is indicated for remission induction in acute non-lymphocytic leukemia of adults and children. It has also been found useful in the treatment of acute lymphocytic leukemia and the blast phase of chronic myelocytic leukemia. Intrathecal administration of cytarabine is indicated in the prophylaxis and treatment of meningeal leukemia.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, physician offices and other healthcare facilities and providers should not use the product lots listed for patient care and should immediately quarantine any product for return. Should wholesalers/distributors/retailers still have product which is being recalled, they should stop use and contact Bedford Laboratories Client Services at 800.562.4797.

  • Complete and submit the report Online:
  • 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

[02/23/12 - Recall Notice - FDA]