Hospira recalls potassium chloride in dextrose and sodium chloride injection

Hospira has voluntarily recalled a single lot of 20mEq potassium chloride in 5% dextrose and 0.45% sodium chloride injection in 1000-mL flexible plastic containers. Some containers from the recalled lot may be mislabeled with a bar code for 5% dextrose injection. The incorrect bar code could result in the wrong drug being delivered to a patient if a bar code system is used to confirm the medication. Potential adverse events caused by this error include electrolyte imbalance, cardiac dysfunction, gastrointestinal disturbances, paresthesia and mental confusion.

For more information call (877) 946-7747 or visit www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm110206.htm.