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Compromised Vials of Cyanocobalamin Injections Cause Nationwide Recall

On April 2, 2012, American Regent voluntarily recalled three lots of Cyanocobalamin Injections upon discovering that vials containing the solution were faulty. The vials were found to be cracked, compromising the sterility of the b12 vitamin solution enclosed within. The lots that were recalled are as follows:

  • 1683
  • 1662
  • 1679

Cyanocobalamin Injections are used for a wide variety of purposes, but are in essence used as a remedy and preventative measure against vitamin B12 deficiency. Packaged in a 1000 mL vial, Cyanocobalamin directly injects vitamin B12 into either the muscle or just under the skin. It is used in the treatment of certain disease and infections, such as pernicious anemia and fish tapeworm infestation, which can significantly reduce the amount of vitamin B12 the body absorbs. However, Cyanocobalamin Injections are not only used for treatment, but also for testing to see how well the body is able to absorb the vitamin B12, which is vital to many bodily functions.

Of the lots that have been recalled, only lot 1683 was discovered to contain cracked vials. Despite this, American Regent chose to recall any other lots containing the same set of vials. Although no adverse reports have been filed so far, the vials still run the risk of contamination. Contaminated solution can cause not only infection, but runs the risk of releasing glass particles into the body.

If you or someone you know has used Cyanocobalamin Injections, and has suffered complications due to this, please report your experience.