FDA Alert: FDA alerts health care professionals and patients not to use sterile drug products from Medaus Pharmacy, Birmingham, Alabama
[4/1/2016] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients not to use unexpired drug products that are intended to be sterile that were produced by Medaus Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama, due to lack of sterility assurance. Medaus’ products were distributed nationwide and internationally.
Health care professionals and patients should immediately check their medical supplies, quarantine any drug products marketed as sterile from Medaus, and not administer them.
During FDA’s recent inspection of Medaus’ facility, investigators observed insanitary conditions, including poor sterile production practices, which raise concerns about Medaus’ ability to assure the sterility of drug products that it produced. Administration of a non-sterile product, intended to be sterile, may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death.
The Alabama Board of Pharmacy ordered Medaus to cease sterile compounding operations on March 22, 2016.
On March 29, 2016, FDA recommended Medaus recall all unexpired drug products that are intended to be sterile. To date, Medaus has not voluntarily recalled any drug products intended to be sterile. Therefore, FDA alerts health care professionals and patients not to use drug products marketed as sterile from Medaus.
To date, FDA is not aware of any adverse events associated with drug products made by Medaus. Patients who have received drug products produced by Medaus and have concerns should contact their health care professional.
FDA encourages health care professionals and patients to report adverse reactions or quality problems associated with these products to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
- Complete and submit the report online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm; or
- Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.
FDA will continue working with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy to protect the public health.