AUDIENCE: Pharmacy, Healthcare Professionals, Patients
ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care providers, hospital supply managers, and pharmacists that the FDA’s preliminary findings of practices at The Compounding Shop of St. Petersburg, Fla., raise concerns about a lack of sterility assurance for sterile drugs produced at and distributed from this site. Therefore, these products should not be administered to patients. If a drug product marketed as sterile has microbial contamination, it potentially places patients at risk of serious infection.
The FDA has advised the firm that it is in the best interest of public health to take action to remove all sterile products from the market. The Compounding Shop has informed the FDA that it is recalling sterile products and is in the process of notifying customers.
BACKGROUND: The FDA is basing this warning on a recent inspection of The Compounding Shop. The investigators observed poor sterile production practices that raise concerns about a lack of sterility assurance of The Compounding Shop’s sterile drug products.
RECOMMENDATION: Health care providers and hospital staff should immediately check their medical supplies, quarantine any sterile products from The Compounding Shop, not administer them to patients, and await further instructions from the company regarding the recalled products. Patients who have received any product produced by The Compounding Shop and have concerns should contact their health care provider.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
[05/08/2013 - News Release - FDA]