Intravenous Medications Recall

The FDA has announced a Public Health Alert and a recall of a handful of intravenous medications manufactured by Claris Lifesciences.

The recall covers the medications metronidazole and ciprofloxacin, which are antibiotics, as well as ondansetron, which is an antiemetic used to treat nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy or surgery. All three medications were produced on the same manufacturing line but were sold under labeling by Claris, Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and West-Ward Pharmaceuticals. The recall stems from reports of “floating matter” in IV bags, including white matter found in at least one IV bag of metronidazole. The substance was later identified as Cladosporium mold, which can cause infections in susceptible patients.