September 12, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a precautionary recall for medications from Martin Avenue Pharmacy because they may not be sterile.
The recall was issued after inspections discovered problems with quality-control that could compromise the sterility of a medication. Patients who receive a contaminated medication could develop a life-threatening infection. No infections or illnesses have been linked to the recalled products.
Martin Avenue Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy based in Illinois and distributed medications in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Alabama, and Texas. The recall, announced on September 2, affects products that were sold until August 20. The company has stopped producing sterile medications “until further notice.”
The recall affects a variety of sterile medications, including morphine, fentanyl, eye drops, atropine, lidocaine, injection drugs, and more. For a list of recalled medications, click here (PDF).
The FDA has taken dramatic efforts to increase regulation of the compounding pharmacy industry. Most of the pharmacies custom-mix medications to match individual patient prescriptions, but some mass-produce drugs like mini-pharmaceutical companies.
In 2012, a massive outbreak of fungal meningitis was linked to one compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The outbreak infected nearly 750 people in 20 states, including 63 who died. The outbreak was traced to injections of methylprednisolone acetate, an anti-inflammatory medication commonly injected into the spine to treat back pain.
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