Skip to Content

Isovue (iopamidol injection) Pre-Filled Power Injector Syringes by Bracco Diagnostics Inc.: Recall - Presence of Particulates

Audience: Risk Manager, Cardiology

[Posted 11/28/2012]

ISSUE: Bracco Diagnostics Inc. (BDI) is voluntarily initiating a Class I recall of nine (9) lots of Isovue (iopamidol injection) Pre-Filled Power Injector Syringes (Isovue PFS, to be used in combination with Stellant CT Injection Systems) due to the presence of visible particles in syringes observed at the end of standard stability studies on retained samples.These products were distributed to wholesalers and distributors nationwide. BDI has received no reports of adverse events or customer complaints associated with these lots. However, it should be noted that the visible particles in the lots subject to this recall have the potential to cause adverse health consequences. The dates for distribution of the nine (9) affected lots were from January 21, 2010 through May 9, 2012. For a list of products affected see the Firm Press Release.

BACKGROUND:  Isovue is indicated for angiography throughout the cardiovascular system, and arterial injection of Isovue (for cerebral angiography) with particulate matter formation could cause stroke.

Isovue PFS is a single use item, administered for diagnostic imaging under medical supervision. The product is packaged in single dose Prefilled Syringe (PFS) presentations of Isovue - 300 FLS2 and Isovue - 370 FLS2.

RECOMMENDATION: Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, Clinics, Physician Offices and other healthcare facilities and providers should not use these lots of Isovue PFS and should immediately quarantine product and contact Stericycle, Bracco’s contractor for handling the recall, at 1-866-201-9133 to arrange for return of the product.

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:

  • 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


[11/27/12 - Firm Press Release - Bracco Diagnostics]