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Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter Identified as Glass

Audience: Health Professional, Pharmacy

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. (SPII), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. is voluntarily recalling three lots of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 10 mg (lyophilized powder), and one lot of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 20 mg (lyophilized powder) to the hospital level. The Vecuronium Bromide for Injection has been found to contain particulate matter identified as glass.

The administration of a glass particulate, if present in an intravenous drug, may result in local irritation or swelling in response to the foreign material. More serious potential outcomes would include blockage and clotting in blood vessels, which may be life-threatening. To date, SPII has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

Vecuronium Bromide for Injection is used as an adjunct to general anesthesia, to facilitate endotracheal intubation and to provide skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation and is packaged in a glass vial; ten vials per carton. Vecuronium Bromide for Injection should be administered by or under the supervision of experienced clinicians and must be reconstituted prior to use. The affected Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, include the following:

Product NameLot NumberNDC NumberExpiration DateNumber of Units
Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 20 mgJKS0400A47335-932-44 [carton]
47335-932-40 [vial]
03/20191384 cartons
Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 10 mgJKS0443A47335-931-44 [carton]
47335-931-40 [vial]
03/20194404 cartons
Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 10 mgJKS0444A47335-931-44 [carton]
47335-931-40 [vial]
03/20193744 cartons
Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, 10 mgJKS0477A47335-931-44 [carton]
47335-931-40 [vial]
03/20194386 cartons

The product can be identified by vial or carton labeled as Vecuronium Bromide for Injection containing the specific Lot Number and Expiration Dates mentioned above.

This product was distributed nationwide to wholesale customers and medical facilities.

On January 3, 2019, SPII notified its distributors and customers through its 3rd party, Recall Coordinator (Inmar Inc.), via FedEx standard overnight shipping and has arranged for return via prepaid FedEx Ground shipping of all recalled products.
Distributors and medical facilities that have Vecuronium Bromide for Injection, which is being recalled, should stop using and return it to place of purchase or as directed in the recall notification.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact SPII by calling 1-800-406-7984 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST or e-mailing drug.safetyUSA@sunpharma.comConsumers 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 associated with the use of this product may be reported to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either by phone, on line, by regular mail or by fax.

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