FDA issues new recall of drug device

The last thing an Alabama resident who must take or receive medication for a serious condition needs to worry about is a complication with the drug. While many people commonly think about things like side effects to medications, there are other problems that could arise as well. Some drugs, for example, must be administered intravenously and therefore the safety and effectiveness of devices used for this purpose must be watched.

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration recently issued a recall of a component of a medication delivery device that has been in use for many years. Recalled devices are urged to be put into quarantine and include components distributed over a period of eight years. These are pieces of the Medrad Intego PET Infusion Systems. These devices may be used in patients with heart disease, thyroid conditions and some cancers.

It is suspected that patients who have received intravenous medications through these may have been exposed to harmful matter in the delivery sets. It is not specific what the potentially harmful matter may be. Also unknown is what type of problems the exposure might be connected with. Bayer is the manufacturer of the devices being recalled.

Alabama patients who experience unusual symptoms or those not expected or easy to explain after receiving treatments for serious conditions may want to reach out to an attorney. Talking with a legal professional may give insight into when such symptoms may actually be due to medical errors or defective products.

Source: Specialty Pharmacy Times, "Cancer Drug Administration Device Recalled," Laurie Toich, Jan. 12, 2017

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