There is currently a voluntary recall of the pain medication I have grown to rely on – Toradol (ketorolac tromethamine) – when I go to the emergency room to get a bit of relief when I can no longer bear a pain flare up. Toradol only helps me when I get it by IV or direct injection combined with an opiate pain medication. And for me ‘help’ means it gets my pain back to what I now characterize as ‘normal’ levels, or on a general pain measurement scale down to about a four.
If you have never heard of it before, Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used for the short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain. It works by reducing the production of hormones that cause inflammation. This helps to decrease swelling, pain, or fever. Unfortunately for me, the pill form does very little to reduce my pain but causes me significant stomach irritation so a trip to the emergency room to get an IV drip of Toradol has become my proxy happy place.
If you rely on Toradol injection for pain relief I hope this recall does not affect you. That being said, here’s the press release that was posted by the FDA
Hospira, Inc., (NYSE: HSP) has announced a voluntary recall of ketorolac tromethamine injection, USP in the United States and Singapore due to potential particulate. The presence of particulate has been confirmed through a customer report of visible, floating particulate identified in glass fliptop vials. The particulate was identified as calcium-ketorolac crystals. Multiple lots are impacted by this recall; refer to the addendum for product list and lot information.
…lots were distributed from February 2013 to December 2014 in the United States and from January 2014 to July 2014 in Singapore. Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for these lots to date. Hospira has initiated an investigation to determine the root cause and corrective and preventive actions.
Anyone with an existing inventory of the recalled lots should stop use and distribution, and quarantine the product immediately. This recall is being carried out to the medical facility/retail level. Customers who have further distributed the recalled product should notify any accounts or additional locations which may have received the recalled product and instruct them if they have redistributed the product to notify their accounts, locations or facilities to the medical facility/retail level. Hospira has notified its direct customers via a recall letter and is arranging for impacted product to be returned to Stericycle in the United States. For additional assistance, call Stericycle at 1-888-345-4680 between the hours of 8am to 5pm ET, Monday through Friday. Customers outside the United States should work with their local Hospira offices to return the product per the local recall notification
Read the complete release: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm433857.htm
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