6 recent drug, device recalls

Medical device and drug recalls, whether voluntary or mandated by the FDA, ensure patient safety. Here are six reported to the FDA in the last month:

  1. Teva, Marksans recall popular diabetes med
    Two drugmakers, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Marksans Pharma Limited, have voluntarily recalled their versions of metformin, a popular diabetes drug.

  2. FDA asks 5 drugmakers to recall metformin products
    The FDA asked five drugmakers to voluntarily recall their metformin products after it found unacceptable levels of a carcinogen in the drug.

  3. Medtronic heart pump recalled again after link to 4 patient deaths
    The FDA issued another class 1 recall of Medtronic's HeartWare HVAD ventricular assist device after discovering a design issue that has caused four patient deaths.

  4. Apotex recalls diabetes drug after FDA alert
    Apotex, a drugmaker based in Toronto, is recalling all lots of its metformin extended-release tablets after the FDA said it found unacceptable levels of a carcinogen in the drug.

  5. Medtronic recalls brain surgery device
    Medtronic recalled its StealthStation software, which provides images of a patient's brain to help surgeons navigate surgical tools and implants used during brain surgery, due to inaccuracies caused by minor patient movements which could cause serious or life-threatening patient harm.

  6. Georgia pharma company recalls thyroid drug for super-potency
    Alpharetta, Ga.-based Acella Pharmaceuticals recalled 13 lots of NP Thyroid after finding the drug to be super-potent.

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