Naloxone used to only be available in hospitals, but is now carried by many first responders and medical professionals, and is available without a prescription in certain areas, all of which is in response to the nationwide opioid epidemic.
No instances of adverse reactions have been reported, according to the recall announcement.
A drug company is recalling some lots of the opiate antidote Naloxone due to a risk of embedded or loose particles on the syringe plunger. The affected products were sent to wholesalers, distributors and hospitals across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam between February 2017 and February 2018.
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Exposure to these particulates could have adverse health effects on users of Naloxone.
Those effects range from local irritation, allergic reactions, phlebitis, end-organ granuloma, tissue ischemia, pulmonary emboli, pulmonary dysfunction, pulmonary infarction, and toxicity.
Intra-nasal naloxone products, primarily prescribed for take-home administration in case of emergency, should not be affected by this recall.
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It is available as a sterile solution for intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous administration.
78 people die each day from opioid overdoses.
The products being recalled have the following lot numbers: 72680LL and 76510LL. The data came from the fatal overdose from 31 states that produced reliable reports of drug-related causes of death.
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Some of the states that were hardest hit by the opioid epidemic include West Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and MA.