Baxter Issues Urgent Medical Device Correction Regarding Potential Risk of Medication Error When Using Abacus Order Entry and Calculation Software

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Baxter International Inc. announced today it has issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction regarding the potential risk of medication error when using certain product codes for the Abacus Order Entry and Calculation Software. The Abacus software is commonly used with ExactaMix automated compounding devices (ExactaMix 1200 and ExactaMix 2400). Baxter previously communicated about this issue to customers via an Urgent Medical Device Correction notification on June 22, 2022. 

Affected Product Codes

Serial Number

Unique Device


Release Date
8300-0167 Abacus V3.1 CE N/A N/A May 20, 2013
8300-0168 Abacus V3.1 SE N/A N/A May 20, 2013
8300-0169 Abacus V3.1 ME N/A N/A May 20, 2013
8300-0191 Abacus V3.2 CE N/A N/A Dec. 17, 2015
8300-0192 Abacus V3.2 SE N/A N/A Dec. 17, 2015
8300-0193 Abacus V3.2 ME N/A N/A Dec. 17, 2015
8300-3391 Abacus V3.3 CE N/A (01)05413765577
Sept. 20, 2019
8300-3392 Abacus V3.3 SE N/A (01)05413765577
Sept. 20, 2019
8300-3393 Abacus V3.3 ME N/A (01)05413765577
Sept. 20, 2019

The Abacus software functionality allows users with administrative permission to access and modify label templates, and the Abacus Configuration Guide provides instructions and warnings for users to safely modify label templates. However, modifying label templates incorrectly may lead to inaccurate information on the final printed bag label, such as the wrong infusion rate or incorrect patient name. There are multiple fields within the bag label template that can be modified, and the potential harm is highly variable depending on which field has been modified incorrectly. Having inaccurate information on the final printed bag labels of compounded medications can cause serious harm, especially in high-risk patients. When incorrect information is printed on the Abacus bag label, there is a possibility it could lead to a patient having electrolyte abnormalities, glucose issues and/or fluid-related complications. There are required pharmacist and nursing checks typical of standard clinical practice that can help mitigate the risk of harm, in the event there is incorrect information printed on the bag label. To date, there have been five related complaints with no reports of patient harm associated with this issue

Baxter recommends that customers discontinue making updates to bag label templates and contact Baxter Technical Support if updates to bag label templates are needed. Customers should continue to follow the instructions in the Abacus User Guide and Abacus Configuration Guide when creating an order and have a pharmacist thoroughly review all order outputs, including the printed bag label, for accuracy and safety. They should also ensure their facility procedures include pharmacy and nursing checks throughout the parenteral nutrition compounding process.

Baxter is developing an upgraded Abacus software that no longer includes the capability for users to customize bag label templates. Baxter will share instructions with customers for obtaining the software upgrade once it becomes available. 

Customers with additional questions can contact their Baxter sales representative or Baxter Technical Assistance at 800-678-2292 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central Time. Any adverse events experienced with the use of these products may be reported using one of the following options:

  • Calling Baxter Product Surveillance at 800-437-5176 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.
  • Emailing Baxter at: [email protected]
  • Reporting to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Baxter is voluntarily issuing this Urgent Medical Device Correction with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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