Health Canada Recalls GSK’s Imitrex

Imitrex syringe

Potentially Infected Needles In Injection Form Of Imitrex (1)

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has recalled lot number C637078 and C632842 of it’s migraine drug Imitrex. The recalled drug is not of the tablet or nasal spray form but it’s injection form which comes in syringes pre-filled with the sumatriptan solution along with sterile needles that are to be injected.

The decision to recall has been made in discussions with Health Canada. Health Canada is Canada’s federal department that helps its citizens maintain, regulate and improve their health.

Fears have been allayed with clarifications from the regulatory body that it is not the quality of the drug that was suspect but that the needles were protruding past their plastic shields thus compromising their sterility thus posing potential risk of infection to consumers. (2)

SOURCES

  1. Image Credit: Health Warehouse; Disposable Syringes 5/8” Needle; Web November 2013; http://www.healthwarehouse.com/needles-syringes/disposable-syringes/needle-length/5-8-needle-length
  2. Migraine medication Imitrex recalled by Health Canada; CBC News, Calgary; Web November 2013; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/migraine-medication-imitrex-recalled-by-health-canada-1.2350615

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