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Customer finds stainless steel particles in an injection, sparking nationwide recall

Something more solid than liquid caused a recall of sodium chloride injection.
Something more solid than liquid caused a recall of sodium chloride injection.

A nationally-distributed lot of sodium chloride injection in which a customer found stainless steel particles has been recalled.

ICU Medical is recalling lot No. 61-841-FW of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP 1000 ml. It comes in a 1000 ml single dose container with an expiration date of Jan. 1, 2018. This lot was made in the United States by Pfizer company Hospira on Feb. 1, 2016 and went out to Hospira customers around the country from April 14, 2016 to Feb. 2, 2017.

This solution is used mainly for fluid replacement, a process that usually doesn’t involve stainless steel in the bloodstream when done safely. The user who found the stainless steel in his solution did so before injection.

Before using, the recall notice says, “healthcare professionals, as instructed in the product labeling, should visually examine the product for particulate matter and discoloration and should discard if a defect is identified.”

Customers with questions should call ICU Medical at 1-800-441-4100 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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