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Medicine manufacturer recalls antibacterial drug

Galveston residents who take antibacterial injections may be interested to learn that one such product is being recalled by the manufacturer. B. Braun Medical Inc. is recalling a single lot of Cefepime for Injection USP and Dextrose Injection USP because it contains visible particulates.

The medicine is used to treat infections caused by certain microorganisms. The visible matter in this medicine can cause serious health problems, including strokes, heart attacks, breathing problems and kidney failure. The defective Lot H3A744 was shipped to medical providers, such as pharmacies and hospitals, between Feb. 4 and March 1, 2013; the single doses have an expiration date of January 2015.

B. Braun says that patients who experience symptoms after using this drug should quit using it immediately and contact a physician prior to reporting the problem to B. Braun. Adverse reactions can also be reported online, by fax or mail to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Medwatch Adverse Event Reporting. There is no charge to the patient to report it to the FDA, which provides postage-free forms and a free fax number.

While most manufactured products are safe, there are exceptions. Patients who suffered adverse reactions from using dangerous products may be eligible for compensation through a products liability claim. The burden of proof is much higher for victims than for other personal injuries, such as car accidents. A product liability attorney may be able to assist by investigating the situation, compiling evidence and other documents, submitting a claim to the insurance company and negotiating a settlement award.

Source: FDA, "B. Braun Medical Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Lot H3A744, 1 gram Cefepime for Injection USP and Dextrose Injection USP Due to Visible Particulate Matter", October 15, 2013

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