Baxter Initiates Worldwide Saline Solution Recall

Deerfield, Ill.-based Baxter International has issued a voluntary worldwide recall of four lots of intravenous solutions at the hospital level due to particulate matter found in the solution.

The matter was identified as cellulosic fibers and/or plastic. If infused, the matter could trigger both chronic and acute reactions and could potentially be life-threatening, according to a news release.

Baxter received four complaints in six months from customers who saw the particulate matter before administering the solution to a patient, according to the news release.

The pharmaceutical company is recalling three lots of sodium chloride injection and one lot of potassium chloride injection. The lots were distributed worldwide between February 2013 and June 2014.

Baxter is one of the pharmaceutical companies working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help alleviate the saline solution shortage, even temporarily importing solution from its manufacturing facility in Spain.

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