September 12, 2014 — Martin Avenue Pharmacy, Inc. has recalled all sterile medications after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found problems with quality control procedures that could compromise the safety of sterile medications.
Martin Avenue Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy that is based in Naperville, Illinois. They sold sterile medications in multiple states, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Alabama, and Texas. The company has stopped production of sterile products “until further notice.”
The recalled products were sold until August 20 and the recall was announced on September 2.
If a “sterile” drug is contaminated, a patient is at risk for infection. Fortunately, no reports of suspected infections, illnesses, or injuries have been associated with the products being recalled.
The recalled products include atropine, fentanyl, morphine, lidocaine, eye drops, injectable solutions, and more. Click here for a list of recalled products (PDF).
Martin Avenue is notifying customers about the recall via fax, mail, phone, or email with instructions on how to return the recalled products.
In recent years, the FDA has significantly stepped up efforts to regulate compounding pharmacies. The pharmacies make drug solutions and prescriptions to match individual patient prescriptions — for example, making a liquid medication for a patient who cannot swallow.
Problems with sterility have led to dozens of recalls in the last few years. In 2012, a fungal meningitis outbreak killed 63 people and infected 749. The outbreak was traced to one compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts that sold non-sterile spinal injections for back pain.
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