Hospira, Inc., the provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, has made a voluntary nationwide recall for three lots of Carboplatin Injection due to Carboplatin crystals found in the Carboplatin Injection during an inspection.  Carboplatin Injections are used for the treatment of ovarian carcinoma (cancer).  Hospira has initiated this recall to investigate and determine why Carboplatin crystals have been detected in the injections.

Recalled Product Information:

  • Recalling Firm: 
Hospira, Inc.
  • Recall Date: December 14, 2012
  • Distribution Dates: Between March 2012 and September 2012
  • Reason for Current Recall: Carboplatin crystals were found in three lots of the Carboplatin Injection.  If the Carboplatin crystals are injected into a patient, there may potentially cause serious injuries to the patient.  These injuries include, obstruction of blood vessels, local infarctions, thromboembolism and vasculitis.  According to the FDA, granulomatous formation in the lungs is also a possibility.

For a list of all the recalled products, visit the FDA recall page.

Illnesses to Date:

There have been no reported illnesses or product quality complaints associated with this issue to date.  According to the FDA, this recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure.

Product Return Information:

Anyone who has the recalled lots in their inventories should stop using and distributing the product immediately.  They should also contact Stericycle at 1-877-650-8362 for instructions on product return.

Additional Information:

Health care professionals and consumers, who have experienced negative reactions using these products, may report their adverse reactions or quality problems to MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. You may report the problem to MedWatch by either mailing in the reporting form, submitting the report online, or by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

For medical inquiries, please contact Hospira Medical Communications at 1-800-615-0187.

What to Do if You Have Been Affected by a Recalled Product:

If you or a loved one has become injured as a result of a recalled product, you may be entitled to compensation.  It would be beneficial to speak to an attorney specializing in products liability.  Most of the attorneys here at LawInfo.com offer free initial consultations, so it would be advantageous to at least talk to an attorney about your case and get some feedback.