Hospira Inc. has initiated a voluntary nationwide user-level recall of one lot of Heparin Sodium, 1,000 USP Heparin Units/500 mL (2 USP Heparin Units/mL), in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, 500 mL.

The recall is in response to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. The foreign particle was confirmed by Hospira as human hair, sealed between the tube and the film at the round seal of the unused administrative port on the non-print side of the container.


Affected product:

NDC 0409-7620-03, Lot 41-046-JT, with expiration date of Nov. 1, 2015


In the unlikely event that the particulate breaks and pieces are able to pass through the intravenous catheter, injected particulate material may result in local inflammation, phlebitis, and/or low-level allergic response. Capillaries which may be as small as the size of a red blood cell, approximately seven microns in diameter, may become occluded. Patients with preexisting condition of trauma or other medical condition that adversely affects the microvascular blood supply are at an increased risk.

Heparin Sodium Injection in 0.9% Sodium Chloride at a concentration of 2 units/mL is indicated as an anticoagulant to maintain catheter patency. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for this lot. The root cause has not been determined and is under investigation.

The affected lot was distributed nationwide between June 2014 and August 2014 to wholesalers/distributors, hospitals and pharmacies.

Anyone with an existing inventory should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately. In addition, customers should inform potential users of this product in their organizations of this notification. Hospira said it will be notifying its direct distributors/customers via a recall letter and will arrange for impacted product to be returned to Stericycle

To report adverse events or product complaints to Hospira, call 1.800.441.4100 or email ProductComplaintsPP@hospira.com
For medical inquiries, contact Hospira at 1.800.615.0187 or medcom@hospira.com