The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for overseeing the approval of medications and medical devices. Unfortunately, despite that oversight, there are numerous products that end up being recalled because of potential dangers to the public. Sometimes the defect is discovered before anyone is injured, but there are also far too many recalls that are a result of numerous complaints from victims who suffered adverse side effects and injuries from a dangerous product.
There are a number of reasons why a drug may be recalled. These medications must be manufactured under specific conditions and if even one apparent minor thing goes wrong, it can have a dangerous effect on the product being manufactured.
Examples of these issues include a mechanical equipment failure during the manufacturing process or contamination of an ingredient that is added to the drug. Regardless of why the defect occurs, the fact that it did often results in either the medication not working as it is meant to or causing dangerous side effects to those patients who take the drug as prescribed.
The same dangers are present in the production of medical devices and equipment, as well. If something goes wrong during manufacturing, the product is now defective and may not operate and provide the critical medical treatment it was developed for, putting patients at risk of injury or even worse.
There were a number of medical recalls issued by the FDA in August. These include the following:
- Chantix: Manufactured by Pfizer, the smoking cessation drug was recalled because there were elevated levels of nitrosamines found in some pills. Nitrosamines are a known carcinogen.
- Syringes: There were 267 monoject flush prefilled saline syringes recalled after the manufacturer – Cardinal Health – discovered that the plunger may pull back and reintroduce air into the syringe. This could cause serious injury to a patient.
- Insertion tray: Cardinal Health has a second recalled product on the August recall list, its Argyle UVC insertion tray. This tray is used during procedures for critically ill newborns. The recalled trays do not contain specific instructions about the scalpel’s permanent locking feature.
- Infusion pump: Bio-Medical Equipment Services recalled its Alaris infusion pump (model 8100) after finding certain components of the pump can crack or separate. This could result in an inaccurate delivery of fluids to a patient, causing serious harm. The pump is used to provide patients with medications, blood, and nutrients in controlled amounts.
- Dose software: Dose IQ safety software, manufactured by Baxter Healthcare, has also been recalled. This software is supposed to provide medical providers a way to create a drug library of preprogrammed dosing information for specific medications which are delivered through an IQ infusion pump. The manufacturer discovered that the software’s drug identified does not match the information in the pump. This can cause the drugs to be improperly configured, resulting in serious harm to the patient, as well as a delay in patient therapy.
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