Monday, August 17, 2009

FDA Issues Nebulizer Medication Theft Alert: Patients Urged to Check Their Medication

The following post is courtesy of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and the Allergy & Asthma Network- Mothers of Asthmatics. Thank you!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning healthcare professionals and the public about a shipment of a nebulizer medication that was recently stolen. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) urge patients using the nebulizer medication Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution 0.083% to check the medication's lot numbers (see "What to look for," below).


Police reported that on approximately Aug. 5 a tractor-trailer containing a 35,760-carton shipment of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution 0.038% belonging to the RiteDose Corporation was stolen in McKinney, TX.


Anyone who comes across this product should notify the authorities immediately (see contact information below). The product is now illegal and may not be safe for human use because it might not have been stored in the proper temperature-controlled environment after it was stolen.


What to look for:

The stolen medicine included cartons of generic albuterol sulfate unit-dose vials for use in nebulizers. If you come across this product, look for the National Drug Code (NDC) number 49502-697-29. Each carton displays the brand name "DEY," is labeled "Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution 0.083%, 2.5 mg/3 mL" and contains 30 3-milliliter single-dose vials. The lot numbers of the stolen products are 9G01 and 9FE2.


Click here to visit the Dey website.


What to do:

· If you have purchased or received an offer to purchase this product, contact:
FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI)
(800) 551-3989
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/CriminalInvestigations/ucm123025.htm

· If you have any information about this case, contact:
Officer Rutledge, McKinney Police Department (Be sure to mention the incident number 094587309C)
(972) 658-4234 or
grutledge@mckinneytexas.org


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