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Shire Recalls Batch of Gaucher Disease Drug

Shire Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling three lots of its velaglucerase afla injection because stainless steel and barium sulfate particles were visibly found in the company's medical injection. The drug is a hydrolytic lysosomal glucerebroside-specific enzyme that is used in enzyme replacement therapy for pediatric and adult patients with type 1 Gaugher disease. Although health and safety risks to patients and consumers are deemed low and no side effects or complaints have been reported, rare but serious adverse events associated with the stainless steel and barium sulfate particles can occur if an individual is infused with the injection. The affected lots are numbered FEW13-001, FEW13-002 and FED13-006 with an expiration date of October 2015. The drugs were distributed nationwide to hospitals, clinics, health agencies, and patients. Shire Pharmaceuticals claims that adverse health results can be mitigated based on the package insert's required visual inspection of the injection by consumers prior to administration. Additionally, the company claims that medical consequences should be reduced based on the need for the injection to be administered through an in-line low protein-binding filter.

However, these "requirements" should not automatically dismiss a drug company's negligence if the particle-contained drug adversely affected a consumer. Therefore, onsumers who believe they have purchased or taken the affected drug lots should immediately discontinue their use and report any adverse events, reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of the drug to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program. 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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