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Apotex Corp. Recalls Hazardous Piperacillin and Tazobactam Injections

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Due to possible crystallization and precipitation in Piperacillin and Tazobactam injections, Apotex Corp. announced a voluntary recall of 15 lots of medication on April 26, 2013. Recalled injections are labeled as USP 40.5 grams and were manufactured by Hospira Incorporated. Apotex has issued the recall to prevent hazards among patients.

Which Products Were Involved in the Recall?

piperacillin tazobactam injectionsThe recalled Piperacillin and Tazobactam products may be identified as NDC #60505-0773-00 and UPC #360505077304. A complete list of medications involved in the recall as well as their uses may be found through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Adverse Reactions and Recalled Products

No incidents of adverse events have occurred to the knowledge of Apotex Corp. or the FDA. However, Apotex advises patients not to use these medications furthermore as they may induce serious side effects. Possible reactions include:

  • inflammation of the veins (phlebitis) 
  • renal impairment or kidney failure
  • end-organ embolism (blockages which may affect the brain, spinal cord, heart, and skin)
  • lack of oxygen in the heart muscle (ischemia) 
  • swelling of blood vessels which can lead to vasculitis in which the vessels become damaged

In addition to these reactions, taking recalled products may result in a reduction of the dosage of medicine administered to the patient if the particles become blocked in the passageway of the IV bags or tubes. If you have experienced any adverse side effects associated with a recalled Piperacillin and Tazobactam injection, contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.

Apotex has notified customers of the recall via mail. The distributor encourages anyone with recalled Piperacillin and Tazobactam to close off or quarantine the product and contact GENCO by phone at 1-877-674-2078. Read more about the recall here.

Learn about recent recalls and medical findings at bad-drug.net.