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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.

Respironics California, Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators: Class I Recall - Power Failure May Occur
Failure of power supply may cause ventilator to shut off, resulting in too much carbon dioxide or not enough oxygen in patient’s blood, or death.

ABC Dophilus Powder by Solgar, Inc: Recall - Risk of Infection
The product was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, which may cause health problems to consumers, particularly premature infants/infants, children, and those with weakened immune systems.

Long-term Antiplatelet Therapy: Safety Announcement - Preliminary Trial Data Shows Benefits But a Higher Risk of Non-Cardiovascular Death
FDA believes the benefits of clopidogrel (Plavix) and prasugrel (Effient) therapy continue to outweigh their potential risks when used for approved uses.

Gel-E Donut and Squishon 2 Products by Children’s Medical Ventures: Recall - Potential Mold Contamination
There is the possibility of fungal infection should patients come in contact with the mold.

Mayhem: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug Ingredients
Risk of impaired ability to fight infections, high blood sugar levels, muscle injuries, and psychiatric problems.

Nellcor Puritan Bennett, 980 Ventilator System: Class I Recall - Software Issue May Stop Ventilator
Ventilator may stop working after the air and oxygen gas supply lines are disconnected and then reconnected. This can lead to serious health problems or death.

GemStar Power Supply, 3VDC for GemStar Infusion Pumps by Hospira: Class I Recall - Power Supply May Not Deliver Enough Electricity
Use of recalled devices may cause serious health risks, including delay in therapy, delivery of too much fluid, too high or too low blood pressure, slow or fast heart rhythm/beat, shock, trauma, 1st or 2nd degree burns, smoke inhalation, problems breathing, stroke, and death.