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Patient Deaths Investigated in Alabama Hospitals Products Recalled


Montgomery, AL: An investigation by federal and state health officials has been initiated in Alabama, prompted by the deaths of nine critically ill patients who were infected with bacteria from intravenous feeding bags while hospitalized. Ten others also became ill.

On March 16, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) was notified that an outbreak had occurred in two of these hospitals among patients receiving TPN (total parenteral nutrition). TPN is liquid nutrition fed through an IV using a catheter. Use of contaminated products may lead to bacterial infection of the blood.

ADPH requested assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC's initial investigation identified TPN produced by a single pharmacy, Meds IV, as a potential common source and has determined that these hospitals received TPN from this pharmacy. Affected hospitals are Baptist Princeton, Baptist Shelby, Baptist Prattville, Medical West, Cooper Green Mercy and Select Specialty Hospital in Birmingham.

Meds IV was notified and informed its customers of the possibility of contamination. ADPH has been informed that impacted hospitals immediately stopped using TPN received from this pharmacy and that the pharmacy discontinued all production. On March 24, Meds IV recalled all of its IV compounded products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aware of the voluntary recall. The pharmacy and the hospitals are cooperating with the investigation. At this time, ADPH is aware of 19 cases in these six hospitals of Serratia marcescens bacteremia related to this outbreak.

Product List

• Bronch Procedure Kit
• Bupivacaine Epidural Bag
• Cardioplegia Solutions
• Cefazolin 2 gm Syringe
• Dialysate Solution
• Fentanyl /Ropivacaine Epidural Bag
• Fentanyl/ Bupivacaine Epidural Bag
• Folic Acid 1mg/0.2ml Syringe
• Glycopyrrolate 0.2mg/ml 1ml in 3ml Syringe
• Heparin IV Bags
• Hydromorphone Intravia Bag
• Hydromorphone PCA Syringe
• Ketamine Syringe
• Labetalol syringe
• Lorazepam 2mg/ml syr
• Meperidine 10mg/100ml NS(Intravia Bag)
• Morphine 1mg/ml PCA 100ml Intravia Bag
• Neostigmine 3mg Syringe
• Nitroglycerin IV Bag
• Nitroglycerin Syringe
• Norepinehrine IV Bag
• Oxytocin Bags
• Sodium Chl 23.4% (4meq/ml) 10ml Syr
• Succinylcholine 20mg/ml 5ml Syringe
• TPN Solution
• Vancomycin IV Bag

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Published on Mar-30-11


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