West Virginia residents who suffer from illnesses are extremely vulnerable, and they commonly trust caretakers to administer medication that will improve their conditions. However, it is not uncommon for a defective product to find its way into the medical supplies of hospitals. If such errors are not noticed by medical staff, the consequences can be severe.
A voluntary recall was recently announced by Baxter International Inc. after receiving reports of foreign particles present in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injections. Two particular lots were reportedly affected, and the company is recalling only those two lots. They assured affected parties that all other lots were safe to use.
Fortunately, both defects were detected before the injections were administered, as medical staff did a visual check of the contents before using them. It is recommended that reported unaffected lots are also checked before administering the injections. Failure to detect the defect can lead to pre-existing infections being aggravated, irritation of local veins, inflammatory or allergic reactions. Blood vessels can also be blocked, leading to cardiac arrest, stroke, or kidney and liver damage.
West Virginia residents who have suffered adverse medical reactions to this or any other defective product may file a report with the FDA’s MedWatch. Severe reactions may have brought about additional medical expenses, and victims are entitled to pursue compensation. They have the right to take legal action by filing a product liability claim in a civil court. Proper documentation of the circumstances, along with details on losses may lead to a successful claim and monetary compensation as allowed by state laws.
Source: pharmpro.com, “Baxter Recalls Two Lots of Sodium Chloride Injection“, Dec. 12, 2014