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Baxter Initiates U.S. Voluntary Recall of One Lot of Potassium Chloride Injection Due to Shipping Carton Mislabeling

DEERFIELD, Ill., September 16, 2014 - Baxter International Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling one lot of Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL, product code 2B0826 to the hospital/pharmacy/nurse level. The recall is being initiated due to a labeling error on the shipping cartons in a single lot, which was identified by three customers. Shipping cartons labeled for this specific lot number of Potassium Chloride Injection may contain units of Gentamicin Sulfate Injection, 80 mg in 100 mL, product code 2B0862.

Potassium Chloride is indicated for treatment of potassium deficiency and administered intravenously. Gentamicin Sulfate is an antibacterial drug for intravenous administration. 

As both products are packaged in 100mL containers, have similar code numbers and red labeling on the front panel, there is a potential risk of medication error or delay in therapy for patients that require high concentration potassium chloride.

The affected lot of Potassium Chloride Injection was distributed to customers in the United States between May 26, 2014, and August 8, 2014.

This recall affects the following lot of Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL:

 

Product Code Description Lot # NDC
2B0826 Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL P318220 0338-0709-48


As part of standard clinical practice, it is recommended that healthcare professionals carefully review the product label before administering. There have been no reported adverse events associated with this situation to date.

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.


This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, cancer, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.