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Company may avoid pharmaceutical liability through recall

Cleveland residents may be interested in the recall of 98 non-expired, sterile medications after a contamination in one of the products was discovered by a Michigan hospital. According to reports, even though no illnesses have been reported concerning use of the product, the recall was being carried out due to "an abundance of caution."

The company learned that some kind of particulate matter was found in vials of a dextrose-based intravenous solution that had been dispensed to a hospital in the Henry Ford Health System, and the product was removed from use. The particulate was unidentified at the time or reporting, but testing is underway.

The products that are affected by the recall were purchased by roughly 80 people, and most of them were purchased in southeast Michigan between July 1 and Oct. 26. According to reports, 79 of the products distributed were intended for use by humans and 19 were intended for use in pets. The company released a statement saying that anyone who had bought the recalled products would be notified by mail and reimbursed for any unused medications.

Defective medical devices or contaminated medications can hurt or kill the individuals who are using them. An attorney who has experience in pharmaceutical litigation might be instrumental in arranging financial compensation for clients who have suffered injury because of the use of defective products sold by negligent producers. That compensation might include reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and families of victims who are killed by a defective product may be eligible for compensation for funeral expenses and the personal loss of a loved one.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "South Lyon compounding pharmacy recalls unexpired sterile medications", Christopher Behnan, October 21, 2013

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