Sierra Pre-Filled Heparin Syringes caused serious bacterial infections in at least 40 people in Texas and Illinois in December 2007. The patients became infected by flushing their central intravenous catheter with the heparin-filled syringes. Heparin is a blood thinner that prevents the formation of blood clots and is used to keep central intravenous lines from clotting. Sierra Pre-Filled Syringes from the contaminated batch where also sent to Colorado, Florida, and Pennsylvania, prompting Sierra Pre-Filled to pull the defective syringes from the market. The tainted syringes were manufactured by Sierra Pre-Filled, also known as AM2 PAT, of Angier, North Carolina.
Sierra Pre-Filled Syringes Linked to Bacterial Infections
Around 40 people in Texas and Illinois where sickened by the contaminated Sierra Pre-Filled Syringes. The victims included 20 outpatients at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. No deaths have been reported related to the Sierra Pre-Filled Syringes, but of the 20 Rush outpatients who fell ill, 14 required hospitalization.
Doctors at Rush were able to trace the infections to Sierra Pre-Filled Syringes patients used during home treatment for cancer and other ailments. The infections were the result of a bacterium called Serratia marcescens, which can cause fever and chills.
Tainted Sierra Pre-Filled Syringes Pulled Removed From Market
The infected Sierra Pre-Filled Syringes came from a single lot – 070926H –that was manufactured at the Sierra Pre-Filled manufacturing facility in North Carolina. The bacteria were found in fluid from the Sierra Pre-Filled syringes, but it is uncertain if the original contamination was in the heparin, the saline used to dilute the drug, or the syringes themselves. As a result of the bacterial contamination, all Sierra Pre-Filled syringes from the implicated lot where recalled.
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