Monday, May 06, 2013
FDA announces nationwide recall by Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy
Health care facilities and health care providers that have received sterile products from Balanced Solutions should immediately check their medical supplies, quarantine the products, and follow the recall instructions from Balanced Solutions. Patients who were administered any sterile drug products produced and distributed by Balanced Solutions and who have concerns should contact their health care providers.
During an FDA inspection of Balanced Solutions, investigators observed poor practices and conditions, which may have exposed the company’s sterile products to microbial contamination. The FDA’s preliminary findings of sterile production practices and conditions at the site raise concerns about a lack of sterility assurance. This lack of sterility assurance has been confirmed by further FDA analysis. The FDA sampled chromium chloride injection from Balanced Solutions and identified gram-negative bacteria, a type of contaminant, in the product. Gram-negative bacteria can cause disease and many types of infection, but the Sphingobacterium thalpophilum bacteria found in the solution does not usually cause infection in humans.