A large Southern Nevada compounding and specialty pharmacy that ships its products throughout the United States voluntarily recalled its products due to concerns over product sterility. In a press release issued by Green Valley Drugs on April 5, 2013, Green Valley Drugs announced that it was voluntarily recalling all lots of all sterile products compounded, repackaged, and distributed by it due to “lack of sterility assurance and concerns associated with the quality control process … The recall of sterile products is conducted based on observations of clean room personnel and certain aseptic techniques.”
Green Valley Drugs states on its website, “GreenValleyDrugs is now the largest compounding pharmacy in Southern Nevada, serving clients from coast to coast. We have been providing this specialty compounding service nationwide for over 15 years and adhere to the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Code of Ethics for Pharmacists and comply with the standards of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. We are proud members of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists and all of our chemicals are verified through analysis and certification for purity and potency.”
The FDA’s published recall notice of Green Valley Drugs’ products stated, in part, “Green Valley has received no reports of injury or illness associated with the use of our sterile products. In addition, we have received no indications of endotoxins or sterility issues from independent outside testing laboratories associated with any of the products subject to this recall. Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of our patients, Green Valley Drugs has decided to voluntarily proceed with this recall process. In the event a sterile product is compromised patients are at risk for serious and possible life threatening infections. Green Valley Drugs sterile products covered under this recall were distributed nationwide. Until further notice, health care providers should stop using all lots of sterile products and return them to the company.”
The list of recalled products includes more than 660 lots of different drugs including various preparations of acetylcysteine, alpha lipoic, amikacin, ascorbic acid, bacteriostatic water, B-complex, BET-ACE-LIDO, betamethasone, betameth combo, biotin, bupiv_dexameth, bupivacaine, cholecalciferol, cyanocobalamin, dexamethasone, dexpanthenol, DMPS, edetate calcium, edetate disodium, ED-mix, estradiol cypionate, estradiol valerate, folic acid, furosemide, gentamicin, hyaluronidaise, lidocaine, lipo w/vitamin, L-lysine, magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate, manganese, methylcobalamin, methylprednisolone, metoprolol, nandrolone decanoate, polidocanal, polidocanol, procaine, progesterone, pyridoxine, SOD_CHLOR_DEXAMETH, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, sodium teradecyl, taurine, testosterone cypionate, thiamine, triamcinolone acetonide, zinc sulfate, and others.
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