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Baxter Voluntarily Initiates U.S. Recall of Two Lots of Sodium Chloride Injection, USP Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter

DEERFIELD, Ill., DEC. 11, 2014 - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) announced today it voluntarily initiated a recall in the United States of two lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container to the hospital/user level. The recall is being initiated as a result of two complaints (one per lot) of particulate matter that was identified as a fragment of the frangible from the vial adapter. The issue was identified upon standard visual inspection prior to patient administration.

Intravenous administration of a solution containing sterile particulate matter may lead to adverse health consequences. The extent and severity of harm depends on the size, number, and composition of the foreign material, and the patient's underlying medical condition. In the absence of in-line filtration, particles may cause: local vein irritation, inflammatory reaction, aggravation of preexisting infections, allergic reactions, and systemic embolization (blockage of blood vessels, which can result in stroke, heart attack, or damage to other organs such as the kidney or liver). There have been no reported adverse events for the affected lots.

0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container is a sterile, nonpyrogenic solution for intravenous administration after admixture with a single dose powdered drug. This recall affects the following lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container:

Product Code NDC Number Lot # Expiration Date
2B0043 0338-0553-18 P317842 May 2015
2B0043 0338-0553-18 P317891 May 2015


Unaffected lot numbers can continue to be used according to the instructions for use.

According to the 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container product labeling, the product should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration whenever solution and container permit.

Baxter has notified customers, who are being directed not to use product from the recalled lots. Recalled product should be returned to Baxter for credit by contacting Baxter Healthcare Center for Service at 1-888-229-0001, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Time. Unaffected lots of product are available for replacement.

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.