Another national supplier of drugs and pharmaceuticals to hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ offices around the country is recalling ALL of its products. Ameridose LLC has issued a news release announcing its voluntary recall of everything it’s sold (all Ameridose products are involved, not just one or two).
Ameridose is doing this because its testing procedures were found to be unacceptable by the federal government. Why was the federal government looking at Ameridose? Well, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) checked into Ameridose because it is this company’s sister company, which is the drug pharmacy responsible for all these meningitis cases resulting from steroid injections for back pain.
- You can read the October 31, 2012, News Release by Ameridose online, where it announces its voluntary recall of all unexpired Ameridose products that are out there in the marketplace and gives some details on the situation.
- A complete list of all the products recalled by Ameridose is also available online here, where it can be printed or downloaded. It is a long, long document.
According to the FDA, this recall was needed because Ameridose “…cannot assure sterility” in its operations, which means that the company can’t guarantee that things are sterile when the drug products are being made and packaged in its facilities. Ameridose sells lots of pre-filled syringes, among other things: products where sterile conditions are vital.
How do you know if you have or have used an Ameridose product?
1. check the above link for product list identification of drugs you are using, or have taken in the past few months.
2. the Ameridose product line is huge. Not only does Ameridose sell sterile mixed IV solutions and pre-filled oral syringes; pain drugs that are given to those who are having babies in hospital delivery rooms to pain pumps for people suffering from various forms of cancer; as well as antibiotics and tranquilizers.
3. Do not rely on someone letting you know. Despite the recall, the FDA is not asking doctors, clinics, and hospitals that used Ameridose products to warn patients that received the medications. It’s simply asking Ameridose customers to stop using the drugs and to return them to the company. The FDA is not requiring any health care providers to notify anyone who may have been given an Ameridose product.
If you or a loved one have a concern that you may have suffered an injury from an Ameridose drug, then save any documentation and packaging, etc. that you may have, contact the federal authorities, get medical care as needed, and investigate your claims under state law for product liability and defective product damages.