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0.9 Percent Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter
Intravenous administration of a solution containing particulate matter may lead to local vein irritation, inflammatory reaction, aggravation of preexisting infections, allergic reactions, and systemic embolization.

Ziprasidone (Marketed as Geodon and Generics): Drug Safety Communication - Rare But Potentially Fatal Skin Reactions
Symptoms may include a rash that can spread to all parts of the body, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and inflammation of organs such as the liver, kidney, lungs, heart, or pancreas.

Dietary Supplements Containing Live Bacteria or Yeast in Immunocompromised Persons: Warning - Risk of Invasive Fungal Disease
FDA advises practitioners to approach the application of these interventions with caution.

Alere INRatio2 PT/INR Professional Test Strips: Recall - Higher INR when Performed by Central Laboratory
UPDATED 12/09/2014. Expansion of Class I Recall. Significant discrepancy in INR results may lead to a delay in an urgent medical decision

Heart Sync Inc. Multi-function Defibrillation Electrodes: Device Correction - Connector Incompatibility with Philips FR3 and FRx Defibrillator Units
May result in a delay in therapy.

Gel-E Donut and Squishon 2 Products by Children’s Medical Ventures: Recall - Potential Mold Contamination
UPDATED 12/02/2014. Recall classified as Class I. Possibility of fungal infection should patients come in contact with mold.

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Rapid Gram Negative Combo Panels: Class I Recall - May Produce Incorrect Results
Using these recalled devices may cause ineffective patient treatment.

CONMED PadPro and R2 Multi-function Defibrillation Electrodes: Device Correction - Connector Compatibility Issue With Philips FR3 and FRx Defibrillator Units
May result in a delay in therapy.

Slim-Vie: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredient
Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

Sterile Convenience Surgical Packs by Customed, Inc.: Recall - Potential Loss of Sterility
UPDATED 11/25/2014. New lots added to recall. Originally posted 08/26/2014

Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) by Biogen Idec: Drug Safety Communication - Case of Rare Brain Infection PML Reported
Symptoms of PML may include: progressive weakness on one side of the body or clumsiness of limbs; disturbance of vision; and changes in thinking, memory and orientation. The progression of deficits can lead to severe disability or death.

Black Storm: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredient
Sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

Bee Thin: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredient
Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

Super Extreme Accelerator: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredient
Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

Bee Slim: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredient
Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

Gabapentin Capsules, USP 300 mg, by Aurobindo Pharma USA: Recall - Complaints of Empty Capsules
Risk of missed dose(s) resulting in no effect, short term reduction in efficacy, short term withdrawal effect, or status epilepticus (long period seizures) that could be life-threatening.

Laparoscopic Power Morcellation in Hysterectomy and Myomectomy: FDA Safety Communication - Use Discouraged Due to Increased Risk in Women With Uterine Fibroids
UPDATED 11/24/2014. New Boxed Warning and Contraindications recommended by FDA.

Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter: Recall - Mislabeled Overpouch
Administration of a dose lower than intended, especially in patients prone to severe electrolyte imbalance, may lead to serious, life-threatening adverse health consequences.

Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen by REFA Enterprises: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredients
Risk for those with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhymias or stroke

Intravia Containers by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter
UPDATED 11/20/2014. Recall Classified as Class I. Particles may irritate patient’s veins, cause pain, worsen a previous infection, cause allergic reactions, block blood vessels, and cause death.