Press Release

Baxter Initiates Voluntary Recall of Two Lots of IV Solutions Due to Potential Presence of Particulate Matter

DEERFIELD, Ill., December 18, 2015 – Baxter International Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling two lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/end user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. The particulate matter in each case was determined to be an insect and was identified as a result of a customer complaint. The matter was identified prior to patient administration and there have been no adverse events associated with this issue reported to Baxter to date.

Injecting a product containing particulate matter, in the absence of in-line filtration, may result in blockage of blood vessels, which can result in stroke, heart attack or damage to other organs such as the kidney or liver. There is also the possibility of allergic reactions, local irritation and inflammation in tissues and organs.

This recall affects the following lots: 

Product Code

Product Description

Lot Number

Expiration Date

NDC

2B1322Q

0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VIAFLEX Plastic Container

C980227

11/30/2016

0338-0049-02

2B0296H

70% Dextrose Injection (2000 mL) USP

C985150

7/31/2016

0338-0719-06

0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL VIAFLEX Plastic Container is intended for IV use as a source of water and electrolytes and may also be used as a priming solution in hemodialysis procedures. 70% Dextrose Injection (2000 mL) USP is indicated as a source of calories and water for hydration.

The lots being recalled were distributed to customers and distributors in the United States between June 6, 2015 and December 16, 2015. Baxter is directing customers not to use the 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 a.m. and 6 p.m., Central Time. Unaffected lots of product are available for replacement. This recall is not expected to affect current supply and product remains available for current customers.

Customers with questions regarding this recall can call Baxter at 1-800-422-9837, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, or email Baxter at onebaxter@baxter.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these drug products.

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

• Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

Baxter is voluntarily conducting this recall with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

About Baxter

Baxter International Inc. provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.

This release includes forward-looking statements concerning IV solutions, including expectations with regard to its future availability. The statements are based on assumptions about many important factors, including the following, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: satisfaction of regulatory and other requirements; actions of regulatory bodies and other governmental authorities; product quality, manufacturing or supply, or patient safety issues; changes in law and regulations; and other risks identified in Baxter's most recent filing on Form 10-K and other SEC filings, all of which are available on Baxter's website. Baxter does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.