6 recent drug, device recalls

Medical device and drug recalls, whether voluntary or forced by the FDA, ensure patient safety. Here are six reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the last month:

  1. J&J recalls baby powder due to asbestos.
    Johnson & Johnson is recalling 33,000 bottles of baby powder after an FDA test found small traces of asbestos in the product. People that have baby powder from lot 22318RB are advised to discontinue use of the product.

  2. Sanofi recalls heartburn drug over cancer risks.
    Sanofi is recalling Zantac in the U.S. a month after the FDA warned the heartburn drug contained a possible carcinogen. Several of the country's largest retailers, including Walmart, CVS and Walgreens, pulled Zantac and other ranitidine products off their shelves several weeks ago.

  3. Viatrexx recalls injectable vials due to sterility issues.
    Viatrexx is recalling 19 lots of its 10 mL sterile injectable vials of various products because they were manufactured in a way that cannot guarantee sterility.

  4. GlaxoSmithKline recalls prescription heartburn drug globally.
    GlaxoSmithKline is recalling prescription-only versions of its heartburn medicine Zantac globally after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found "unacceptable" levels of a potential carcinogen in the drug. Britain's medicines regulator said four prescription-only Zantac medicines, including a syrup, an injection and tablets in 150 and 300 milligram doses, would be recalled.

  5. ICU Medical recalls infusion sets due to potential for leaks.
    ICU Medical is recalling some lots of its Plum and Sapphire Microbore infusion sets due to the potential for fluid leaks.

  6. Bacterial contamination forces recall of skin prep lotion.
    Mavidon is voluntarily recalling 21 lots of its skin prepping lotion, LemonPrep, due to bacterial contamination.The Riviera Beach, Fla.-based medical devicemaker said Burkholderia cepacia, a multidrug-resistant pathogen, was found in the lotion.

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