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American Regent Expands Voluntary Recall to Include All Lots of Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP 15 mg/mL; 1mL Single Dose Vials
Walter Tozzi, R.Ph., M.S., M.B.A.
Director of Marketing and Professional Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 3, 2009 - Shirley, NY - American Regent conducts nationwide voluntary recall of ALL lots of its Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP 15 mg/mL:
NDC# 0517-0601-25 15 mg/mL 1mL Single Dose Vial
PLEASE NOTE: This recall is in addition to the voluntary recall initiated on October 16, 2009 when American Regent voluntarily recalled ALL unexpired lots of Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP, 30 mg/mL due to the presence of particulate matter in conjunction with crystallization.
This voluntary recall is due to the potential that particulates from crystallization may be present in the product. American Regent is undertaking this recall in consideration of the potential for safety issues if the product is administered to patients, including obstruction of blood vessels which can induce pulmonary emboli or thrombosis, activate platelets and/or neutrophils to induce anaphylactic reactions. Other adverse effects associated with the injection of particulate matter include foreign body granulomas, and local irritation at the injection site.
The product was distributed to wholesalers and distributors nationwide.
Hospitals, surgi-centers, clinics and other healthcare facilities should not use any AMERICAN REGENT Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP Injection 15 mg/mL for patient care and should immediately quarantine any product for return.
"Patient safety is our primary concern, and we are committed to taking the necessary steps to protect patients from any potential safety risks as we continue to investigate this issue" said Mary Jane Helenek, President and CEO of American Regent.
While American Regent continues to investigate this issue, the company is taking precautionary action and initiated this voluntary recall. American Regent has informed the FDA of its actions and is maintaining ongoing discussions with the Agency.
As is standard practice, and as stated in the Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection Product Package Insert, "Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit"
American Regent will credit accounts for all returned Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP product. Those with questions about the return process, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-645-1706: Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM ET.
Hospitals, surgi-centers, clinics and healthcare providers, or patients with other questions may contact the Professional Services Department at 631-924-4000.
Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should be reported to American Regent, Inc. via email at PV@luitpold.com, by fax to 610-650-7781 or 610-650-0170 or by phone at 1-800-734-9236. Adverse reactions may also be reported to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, or by returning the postage paid FDA form 3500, by mail to [MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787] or via fax [1-800-FDA-0178].
Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP is manufactured by Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is distributed by American Regent, Inc. (Shirley, NY).