Ranier’s Rx Laboratory Compounded Products Recalled For Sterility Concerns – FDA

by Kim Boateng Posted on July 29th, 2018

Silver Spring, Maryland, USA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, said today that Ranier’s Rx Laboratory is voluntarily recalling all sterile compounded drug products within expiry to the hospital or consumer level.

These drug products are being voluntarily recalled due to concerns that practices at the pharmacy have the potential to pose a risk of contamination to products that are intended to be sterile.  These concerns arose following a routine inspection of the pharmacy by FDA.

Administration of a non-sterile product that is intended to be sterile by subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous or ocular routes of administration may result in a site-specific or systemic infection which in turn may result in hospitalization, significant morbidity, organ damage, or a fatal outcome. The pharmacy has not received any reports of patient complaints or adverse events related to this recall. To date, FDA is not aware of any adverse events associated with the use of compounded drug products from the pharmacy.  Nor is there any indication that the compounded sterile drug products being recalled are actually contaminated. This voluntary recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and to promote patient safety, which is the pharmacy’s highest priority.

The recall encompasses compounded sterile drug products, within expiry, that were dispensed between January 17, 2018, and July 10, 2018. The sterile drug products subject to this recall were distributed only within the State of Pennsylvania and directly to customers and/or medical facilities. The recall does not affect the pharmacy’s non-sterile compounded products or retail pharmacy operations.

The pharmacy has notified potentially affected customers of the voluntary recall via U.S. Mail and direct outreach. Customers who have received sterile compounded products subject to the recall should stop using and return the product to the pharmacy for a full refund.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Ranier’s Rx Laboratory by calling Jennifer Henry at 724-527-2752, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these drug products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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