BETHESDA, MD 07 Jan 2016—For the second time in a year, Hospira Inc. is recalling bags of magnesium sulfate because their barcode may in fact be the machine-readable code for 1000-mL bags of heparin sodium 2 units/mL.
The company on January 5 (PDF) announced the recall of 40-mg/mL magnesium sulfate in water for injection lot 53-113-JT.
According to the company, the 50-mL bags in that lot have an overwrap bearing the correct barcode but the primary container itself has the "potential . . . to be mislabeled" with the barcode for the heparin bags.
Bags in lot 53-113-JT were distributed to hospitals, wholesalers, and distributors from September to November 2015.
The earlier recall, pertaining to one lot of 10-mg/mL magnesium sulfate in 5% dextrose injection, was announced in March 2015. That recall was declared a class I recall by FDA, according to an agency enforcement report, and affected 181,704 bags.
Both barcode-labeling errors were brought to Hospira's attention by customers, the company said.
Hospira, which became part of Pfizer Inc. in September, said it will notify its direct customers "via a recall letter and is arranging for impacted product to be returned to Stericycle."