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I.V. Pantoprazole Recalled by Wyeth

Cheryl A. Thompson

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals on Friday started recalling Protonix I.V. vials distributed from July 26 through Aug. 24 because their contents may not be sterile.

According to a company letter dated Sept. 3, the recall involves 11 lots in which the pantoprazole vials were packaged 10 to a carton:

  • 14047A (expiration date March 2006),
  • 14048A (March 2006),
  • 14049A (March 2006),
  • 14050A (March 2006),
  • 14051A (March 2006),
  • 14052A (March 2006),
  • 14053A (March 2006),
  • 24056A (April 2006),
  • 24057A (April 2006),
  • 24059A (April 2006), and
  • 24060A (April 2006).

The seal cap on some of the vials in these lots is loose and may not keep the contents sterile, the company stated.

Pharmacies that have any vials from the 11 lots are supposed to contact Universal Rx Solutions of Georgia at 800-777-6565 (select option 1 for customer service) to receive the form, preprinted shipping label, and instructions for returning the product. For every 10-vial carton returned because of the recall, pharmacies will receive $2.84 as payment for the administrative costs.

Protonix I.V. is manufactured by the German firm Altana Pharma and distributed in the United States by Wyeth.