January 6, 2015 — Valeant Pharmaceuticals has issued a recall for one lot of a powdered antiviral drug, Virazole, because it may be contaminated with bacteria.
No adverse events or injuries have been linked to this recall. The recall only affects Lot No. 340353F with an expiration date of October 2018.
Virazole (Ribavirin Powder For Solution) is indicated for the treatment of hospitalized newborns and young children with severe lower respiratory tract infections due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
It is packaged as a powder in a 100 mL, 6 g vial, and it is supposed to be reconstituted into a solution by adding 300 mL of sterile water for injection or inhalation. The products were only distributed in the United States and Australia.
According to the recall notice:
“Inhalation of a non-sterile product with microbial contamination into the airways could increase the risk of respiratory infection. The risk is higher in patients who are immunocompromised (because of underlying disease), and are more susceptible.”
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