ISSUE: Amgen and FDA notified healthcare professionals that certain lots of Epogen and Procrit (Epoetin alfa) vials are being recalled as a precaution, because the vials may contain extremely thin glass flakes (lamellae) that are barely visible. The potential serious adverse events resulting from the use of a sterile injectable product with particulates by the intravenous route include embolic, thrombotic and other vascular events (e.g., phlebitis), and by the subcutaneous route include foreign body granuloma, local injection site reactions, and increased immunogenicity.
BACKGROUND: The products are indicated for the treatment of anemia related to HIV therapy, chronic renal failure, and chemotherapy. The lamellae result from the interaction of the formulation with glass vials over the shelf life of the product. The affected product lot numbers and expiration dates are included in the table in the firm press release, linked below.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Amgen has initiated recall letters which include instructions to return the referenced product to the returned goods service provider.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to 1-800-77-AMGEN or to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
* Complete and submit the report Online
* Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178