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Drug Used in Anesthesia Recalled Due to Contamination

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Mylan, Inc., the third largest generic and specialty pharmaceutical company in the world, has issued a recall of ten lots of Etomidate, an injectable hypnotic drug used in anesthesia. Specifically, the Pennsylvania based company is recalling ten lots of Etomidate Injection 2mg/mL – 10 mL and 20 mL. The recall came after it was found that the drug may be contaminated with paper shipper labels, which would look like small black particles in the vials. The company stated that there may be missing lot numbers and expirations dates on the outer carton as well as missing or unreadable lot numbers and expirations dates on individual vials. In a press release it was stated that, "[i]ntravenous administration of particles may lead to impairment of microcirculation, phlebitis, infection, embolism and subsequent infarction. Mylan and Pfizer have not received any reports of adverse events related to the recalled product to date." The recalled lots carry the Pfizer label and were manufactured by Mylan's subsidiary, Agila Specialties Private Limited. The drug is injected into the vein for the initiation of general anesthesia. The recalled drug was distributed nationwide to distributors, retailers, hospitals, pharmacies and clinics. It is unclear how many injection vials are being recalled. Fortunately, no incidents of adverse events have been reported.

Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.

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