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FDA issues recall on opioid overdose antidote Naloxone

FDA issues recall on opioid overdose antidote Naloxone”

Overdose Lifeline works with departments across the state to provide naloxone and founder Justin Phillips says they've recieved calls about the recall.

Two lots of the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone have been voluntarily recalled by its maker Hospira, Inc., according to an announcement issued by the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

Hospira Inc., which is a Pfizer company, said the potential presence of embedded and loos particulate matter could cause a patient to experience adverse effects such as irritation, allergic reactions, pulmonary dysfunction or others. If a patient were exposed to the matter in question, Hospira says there is a low chance of experiencing a wide range of adverse health effects.

The recall is for the syringe injection system of naloxone hydrochloride.

See the full recall details.

"We're at 16 drug-related deaths so far and on track for another record year, with or without (naloxone)", Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said Tuesday.

Naloxone is also available in the intravenous form, intramuscular, and subcutaneous.

The recall affects single use sterile cartridge units with lot numbers 72680LL and 76510LL in 0.4 mg/ml, 1 mL in, and 2.5 mL strengths.

78 people die each day from opioid overdoses.

Initially, the Naloxone drug was available only at the hospitals but now; it is being carried by several medical professionals and first responders and is available in certain places without even a prescription, all of this in response to the current opioid addiction and epidemic which looks to get worse with time.

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