SAFETY ALERT – Pre-filled Syringes

By Ryan Mccann
Thursday, 09 May, 2013

Health professionals and consumers are advised that Medsurge Healthcare and Link Medical Products, after consultation with the TGA, have issued safety alerts regarding Aurum Adrenaline 10 mL 1:10,000 pre-filled syringes.
Aurum Adrenaline 10 mL 1:10,000 pre-filled syringes are used in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for management of cardiac arrest.
It has been identified there is a misalignment of the label on Aurum Adrenaline 10 mL 1:10,000 pre-filled syringes, which have been supplied to hospitals and health services in Australia by Medsurge Healthcare and Link Medical Products. The pre-filled syringes were supplied under special provisions of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 because of a shortage of adrenaline mini-jets.
The misalignment means the label indicating the dose is too close to the end of the barrel. Each syringe contains the correct dose, but it will appear that there is more medicine in the syringe than there should be (see image below). As a result, there is a risk of incorrect dosing.
Syringes from affected batches should be used with caution in adults and should not be administered to children.
The affected batch numbers supplied by Medsurge Healthcare are: 5000894,  5000902, 5000911, 5000925
The affected batch numbers supplied by Link Medical Products are: 5000879 and 5000892
Additionally, three more batches are in the process of being supplied by Link Medical Products. The affected batch numbers are: 5000959, 5000925, 5000911

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