Pfizer recalls IV antibiotics, nausea medications
Mon, May 31 2010
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Thursday it is recalling two intravenous antibiotics and an anti-nausea medication after floating matter was discovered at the plant where they are manufactured.
Pfizer is recalling the antibiotics metronidazole and ciprofloxacin and its drug, ondansetron, used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy or surgery. The products are supplied in plastic IV bags.
The company said non-sterile products administered intravenously could result in infections, which could be fatal, especially in patients with weak immune systems.
So far it has received no customer reports of quality problems, but it is closely monitoring its patient database for any safety concerns.
The products are manufactured by Claris Lifesciences, one of the largest generic sterile pharmaceutical companies in India, and distributed under a nonexclusive license in the United States by Pfizer.
(Reporting by Toni Clarke; editing by Andre Grenon)
June 06, 2010
I was given IV Zofran (ondansetron) at my last two chemo appointments and experienced heart issues after each. Could that be related to contaminated product? I will ask the nurses tomorrow. It's a good thing that since I have had so little nausea, my oncologist is letting me try Abraxane without IV Zofran as a pre-medication.