Naloxone is used to revive a person who is overdosing on opiates, such as heroin.
No instances of adverse reactions have been reported, according to the recall announcement.
Press release. Hospira issues a voluntary nationwide recall for two lots of naloxone hydrochloride injection, USP, in the Carpuject™ syringe system due to the potential presence of particulate matter.
Users can inspect the Naloxone before it is administered to a person by looking for particulate matter near the syringe and looking for discoloration before it is administered. They were sent to wholesalers, distributors and hospitals in the United states, Puerto Rico and Guam between February 2017 and February 2018.
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Exposure to these particulates could have adverse health effects on users of Naloxone.
"Distributors or retailers with an existing inventory of the lots, which are being recalled, should stop use and distribution and quarantine immediately".
But with Southwest Ohio in the midst of the opioid epidemic, many not in the health profession have received kits with the drug in it and are now advised to notify someone if they have a recalled product. The FDA recommends that anyone who does experience a related adverse event should report it. A few states have made it mandatory that first responders carry the overdose reversal medication, as deaths climbed over 64,000 in 2016 with many from opioids and illicit drugs.
Some of the states that were hardest hit by the opioid epidemic include West Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and MA.