Following the discover of “foreign matters” in vials of drugs for injection, Pallimed Solutions, Inc., a Woburn, Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, had recalled over a dozen products. The decision comes after the state board ordered the company to stop making drugs that were supposed to have been manufactured with sterile processes.
So far, there have been no reports of related injuries or illnesses.
Among the products included in the voluntary recall are those used in eye treatments and hormone replacement therapy and for erectile dysfunction. In a press release, Pallimed Solutions said it made the decision to call back the products following an inspection by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy and the US Food and Drug Administration and to ensure patient safety. According to The Globe, late last year the state of Massachusetts told Pallimed to stop making sildenafil citrate, also known as Viagra, because it was manufactured using “improper components.”
Federal and state regulators have been taking a closer look at compounding pharmacy ever since a tainted drug from the New England Compounding Center made at least 722 people ill, including 50 fatalities, with spinal infections or fungal meningitis. Numerous drug injury lawsuits by the patients and/or their families against NECC followed.
Medical malpractice lawsuits have also been filed against the medical facilities that provided the patients with the contaminated injection. Already, lawsuits have been submitted in several state courts, in addition to courts in Massachusetts, as we as in federal courts. Among the allegations of plaintiffs are those involving malpractice, product liability, negligence, pharmacy malpractice, general negligence, breach of warranties, and other claims.
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New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. Files Bankruptcy, Bloomberg, December 21, 2012
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy
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