November 21, 2014
FDA MedWatch - Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter: Recall - Mislabeled
AUDIENCE: Pharmacy, Nursing, Consumers
ISSUE: Baxter International Inc. voluntarily recalled one lot of Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL to the user level due to a complaint of mislabeling of the overpouch. Some containers of Product Code 2B0826, Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL, Lot Number P319160, Exp. 06/30/2015, NDC 0338-0709-48 were incorrectly labeled on the overpouch as Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 20 mEq per 100 mL.
The inability to detect this overpouch mislabeling at the point of care may result in the administration of a dose lower than intended. In the high-risk patient population – patients prone to severe electrolyte imbalance – this hazardous situation may lead to serious, life-threatening adverse health consequences. There have been no reported adverse events associated with this issue to date.
BACKGROUND: Potassium Chloride is indicated for treatment of potassium deficiency and administered intravenously. Products were distributed to customers in the U.S. between June 23, 2014 and October 2, 2014.
RECOMMENDATION: Baxter has notified customers, who are being directed not to use product from the recalled lot. Recalled product should be returned to Baxter for credit by contacting Baxter Healthcare Center for Service at 1-888-229-0001, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Time. Unaffected lot numbers can continue to be used according to the instructions for use. Unaffected lots of product are available for replacement. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this drug product.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
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