- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
- 6 March 2013
- Alert type:
- Drug alert
- Medical specialty:
(Hospira UK Limited) Visually inspect vials for particulate matter prior to use and do not use if crystals are found - Class 4 medicines defect information (EL (13)A/09)
06 March 2013
Class 4 medicines defect information
Caution in use
Distribute to hospital pharmacy level
Hospira UK Limited
Cytarabine Injection 100mg/ml (1g/10ml)
|Batch number||Expiry date||Pack size||First distributed|
|Z031966AA||March 2014||1 x 10 ml||06 December 2012|
Hospira UK Limited has identified the potential for crystallisation in the above batch of Cytarabine Injection 100mg/ml (1g/10ml). The crystals have been determined to be the active ingredient Cytarabine. Hospira UK Limited have identified the most probable cause for crystallisation is from particles of dried Cytarabine introduced during the filling process, which acted as a seed for crystal formation.
The company has informed MHRA that no adverse events have been reported in connection with this crystallisation issue.
Healthcare professionals are asked to visually inspect vials for particulate matter prior to use. If crystals are found the product should not be used.
To obtain replacement stock please contact Hospira UK Limited Customer Services on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For medical information enquiries please contact Hospira UK Limited Medical Information on +44 1926 834400, or email email@example.com.
Recipients of this drug alert should bring it to the attention of relevant contacts by copy of this letter. Primary care trusts are asked to forward this to relevant clinics and to general practitioners and community pharmacists for information.
Further recipients by cascade:
Regional contacts for NHS trusts and provider units
Chief Pharmacists: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
Prison health policy unit (DH)
Chief pharmacists: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Isle of Man, Gibraltar
Healthcare Commission for distribution to independent health care establishments
Primary care trusts (England)
Issued: 6 March 2013
Alert type: Drug alert
Medical specialty: Pharmacy