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Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 8.4%, 50 mEq/50 mL Vial, 20-Count Carton due to Vial Breakage UPDATED November 28, 2022

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Drugs

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Vial Breakage

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Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC
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Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 8.4%, 50 mEq/50 mL vial


Company Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 28, 2022 – Lenoir, North Carolina. Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC, (Exela) is expanding their recall, adding fourteen (14) lots to the ongoing voluntary recall of forty-nine (49) lots of Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 8.4%, 50 mEq/50 mL vial, 20-count carton. A total of 63 lots are now being recalled to the consumer level. All the recalled lots are listed in the table below, with the additional fourteen (14) lots shown in BOLD and RED. The additional lots were distributed October 26, 2021 through April 25, 2022.

Risk Statement: The product poses a potential safety concern with vial breakage and flying glass when pressurized while preparing the product for administration. There is a potential of flying glass injuring skin, eye and/or other parts which could result in either temporary or permanent injury. Within the sixty-three (63) total recalled lots (which includes more than 2.7 million vials), Exela has received five (5) reports of flying glass injuring skin, eye and/or other parts. There have been no complaints of vial breakage or injuries related to the additional fourteen (14) lots. There have been no reports of sterility failures to date with any of the sixty-three (63) lots.

Exela did not recall the additional fourteen (14) lots previously because they did not appear to be impacted. During the latest inspection of Exela’s retain product from the fourteen (14) lots, one (1) vial showed breakage. There have been no field reports of personal injury to date across all the sixty-three (63) lots since the recall process started. However, out of an abundance of caution, Exela is adding the 14 lots to the on-going recall.

The product is used for treatment of metabolic acidosis and is packaged in a 50 mL glass vial, 20 vials per carton. The vials are labeled with Exela brand (Carton NDC: 51754-5001-5; Vial NDC: 51754-5001-1, Figure 1) and Civica brand (Carton NDC: 72572-740-20; Vial NDC: 72572-740-1, Figure 2).

The affected Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 8.4%, 50 mEq/50 mL lots (covering both Exela and Civica brands) include the following lot numbers and expiration dates:

BrandLotExpire Date
ExelaP000117805/2023
ExelaP000129808/2023
ExelaP000130108/2023
ExelaP000131308/2023
ExelaP000131408/2023
ExelaP000131708/2023
ExelaP000133009/2023
ExelaP000137010/2023
ExelaP000137110/2023
ExelaP000137210/2023
ExelaP000143311/2023
ExelaP000143411/2023
ExelaP000144211/2023
ExelaP000144312/2023
ExelaP000146409/2023
ExelaP000146712/2023
ExelaP000146812/2023
ExelaP000146912/2023
ExelaP000147012/2023
ExelaP000147212/2023
ExelaP000148612/2023
ExelaP000149512/2023
ExelaP000150512/2023
ExelaP000150612/2023
ExelaP000150912/2023
ExelaP000151012/2023
ExelaP000151112/2023
ExelaP000151212/2023
ExelaP000153212/2023
ExelaP000156001/2024
ExelaP000156101/2024
ExelaP000156201/2024
ExelaP000156401/2024
ExelaP000156601/2024
ExelaP000156701/2024
ExelaP000156801/2024
ExelaP000157102/2024
ExelaP000157202/2024
ExelaP000157302/2024
ExelaP000157402/2024
ExelaP000157802/2024
ExelaP000157902/2024
ExelaP000158002/2024
ExelaP000158302/2024
ExelaP000158602/2024
ExelaP000158702/2024
ExelaP000158802/2024
ExelaP000159302/2024
ExelaP000159402/2024
ExelaP000161002/2024
ExelaP000161802/2024
ExelaP000161902/2024
ExelaP000164403/2024
ExelaP000164503/2024
ExelaP000164603/2024
ExelaP000165402/2024
CivicaP000149012/2023
CivicaP000149712/2023
CivicaP000160002/2024
CivicaP000166303/2024

The Exela product (Carton NDC: 51754-5001-5; Vial NDC: 51754-5001-1) can be identified by the NDC numbers, and by the yellow flip-top safety cap on the 50 mL vial. The carton bears a purple stripe containing concentration information and the manufacturer name “Exela Pharma Sciences” in the lower right-hand corner. The vial label bears a purple stripe containing concentration information with the name “Exela Pharma Sciences” on the back.

The Civica Product (Carton NDC: 72572-740-20; Vial NDC: 72572-740-1) can be identified by the NDC numbers, by the yellow flip-top safety cap on the 50 mL vial, and by the carton which bears a green stripe containing concentration information and the manufacturer name “Civica” in the lower right-hand corner. The vial label bears a green stripe containing concentration information with the name “Civica” on the back.

All the above-listed lots are supplied in 20 count cartons only. This recall is not expected to cause drug shortage.

Product was distributed nationwide to wholesalers, distributors, and other customers between October 26, 2021 and August 10, 2022.

Exela is notifying its customers by e-mail and certified mail and is arranging for return and replacement of all recalled product directly to Exela. Customers that have product which is being recalled should discontinue use, segregate the recalled product, submit a recall stock response form to Exela (even if there is no product to return), and hold the product until shipment instructions are provided by Exela.

Customers with questions regarding this recall can contact Exela by phone (828-341-6118) or email ( [email protected] ) Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm ET. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems related to the usage of this drug product.

Additionally, adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use or handling of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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