Cyanocobalamin Injections recalled due to cracked vials

Posted on April 3, 2012

American Regent has announced a voluntary recall of three lots of its Cyanocobalamin Injection, due to a risk of undesired particulates stemming from cracked vials. The injections affected are a 1000 microgram per milligram concentration stored in a one-milliliter vial. The expiration date given for the affected products is November of 2013.

The bottom and sides of these vials have a tendency toward developing small fractures in the bottom ad sides. As a result, the sterility of the Cyanocobalamin Injection may be compromised and the fluid may absorb glass particulates.

Injecting an unsterilized solution beneath the skin or muscles could result in severe infection or the formation of abscesses,  Muscle damage can result from the injection of solution containing particulates

Cyanocobalamin Injections are prescribed for patients suffering from a deficiency of vitamin B-12, often due to one of the following illnesses – anemia, small bowel bacteria overgrowth, total or partial gastrectomy, Fish tapeworm infestation, Malignancy of pancreas or bowel, Folic acid deficiency, or Gastrointestinal pathology, dysfunction, or surgery, including gluten enteropathy or sprue.

The product was shipped to distribution facilities across the United States for use in pharmacies, hospitals, and medical offices.  Medical providers in possession of vials from the affected lots should discontinue their use immediately and return them to American Regent for account credit.

As a San Francisco personal injury lawyer, I have seen the harm defective medical products can cause when their effectiveness has been compromised. If you or someone you care about has been injured by a recalled medication, please consider contacting a San Jose personal injury lawyer.


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