Nine patients recently died and several others were sickened after their total nutrition food bags were found to be contaminated with bacteria.
Now, the drug company American Regent is recalling its Ammonium Molybdate injections because they have particulates in them.
Ammonium Molybdate injections are used as a supplement in conjunction with total parenteral nutrition (TPN).
If patients are administered a product that contains particulates, it can cause a number of adverse events including disruption of the blood flow within the small vessels in the lungs, localized inflammation and granuloma formation.
Medical professionals are advised as per standard practice to check the injection solution for discoloration or particles prior to administering it to patients.
The affected injections are Molybdenum 250mcg/10mL, Single Dose Vial NDC, lot 9409 with an expiration date of June 2011.
Hospitals with any of the affected product should phone American Regent at 877-788-3232 for details of the returns process. This is also the number for professionals and for patients who have questions about the recall.
If you think you have had an adverse reaction to the product you can report it to the United States Food and Drug Administration online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
Source: FDA Press Release, 26th April 2011.