Dangerous drugs: millions of dialysis products recalled

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Dangerous drugs for use in dialysis treatments have been recalled by Baxter Healthcare Corp.

On January 22, 2015, Baxter voluntarily recalled eight lots of MiniCap with Povidone-Iodine Solutation.  According to the Food and Drug Administration’s Enforcement Report dated March 25, 2015, over four million units of the solution are affected.  The recalled dangerous drugs were shipped between May 12, 2014 and December 30, 2014.

The recalling company received complaints from consumers indicating that the sponge of the MiniCap was separated from the cap, partially protruding from the cap, or missing.  Baxter notified its consumers that using the MiniCaps with separated or missing sponges could compromise the ability of the product to ensure a sterile barrier protection at the end of the transfer set.  Use of the defective products increases the risk of developing peritonitis.

Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the tissue that lines the inner wallof the abdomen.  Peritonitis is a life-threatening condition.  Peritonitis can spread rapidly into the blood stream and throughout the body.  Peritonitis can lead to multiple organ failure and result in death.

The recalled lots bear the numbers of GD906837, GD896845, GD896936, GD896944, GD897124, GD897157, GD897165 and GD897371.  The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the United States and in Canada, Austria, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Spain.

Baxter has had a number of recalls involving dialysis products.  If you or a loved one has suffered injury or if a loved one has died as a result of recalled or contaminated dialysis products, you may have a claim.  Contact the experienced Ohio dialysis injury attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List.