AUDIENCE: Cardiology, Health Professionals
ISSUE: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company issued a voluntary recall of six lots of Coumadin for Injection, 5 mg single-use vials in the U.S. Visible particulate matter was found in a small number of Coumadin for Injection unreleased samples. Injected particulate metallic and non-metallic cellulose material can cause serious and potentially fatal adverse reactions such as embolization. Allergic reactions to the foreign material could also occur.
To date, there have been no product complaints or adverse events reported to Bristol-Myers Squibb related to this issue.
Coumadin for Injection 5 mg single-use vials is packaged in cartons of six vials. The affected Coumadin for Injection includes the following six lots distributed to hospitals and pharmacies from November 2011 through January 2014: 201125, 201126, 201127, 201228, 201229, 201230.
BACKGROUND: Coumadin for Injection was discontinued in early April 2014. The oral formulation, Coumadin tablets, is not impacted by this recall.
RECOMMENDATION: Anyone that has Coumadin for Injection which is being recalled should stop use and distribution and contact Bristol-Myers Squibb’s recall vendor, GENCO, at 1-855-838-5784 to arrange for return of remaining stock. Bristol-Myers Squibb has issued recall communications to health care professionals and other customers involved and is arranging for return of all recalled products
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
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
Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the Press Release, at: