Nationwide Recall of Naloxone Kits
The manufacturer of Naloxone kits, Teleflex, has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of the overdose reversal drug due to reports that some atomizers used to administer the drug are not dispensing properly.
In a letter issued to distributors this week, the manufacturer said it was recalling the internasal mucosal atomizer devices due to an issue where “they may not deliver a fully atomized plume of medication. Teleflex Medical has received complaints that the affected lots produced a straight stream instead of an atomized spray.” This malfunction results in the drug being less effective. As of October 27th, the company has received six complaints and no reports of serious injury or death.
It has been reported that since 2000 there has been a 200% increase in the rate of opioid overdose deaths, including heroin as well a prescription narcotics. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
The opioid overdose antidote Naloxone has become a critical tool in the fight against the current heroin and opioid epidemic. Naloxone has been made available to law enforcement, paramedics, and community members in an effort to combat the number of overdose deaths. It is estimated that 152,000 Naloxone kits have been distributed to non-medical and non-first responders.
If you have a naloxone kit in your home it is suggested that you try to take it back to where the kit was purchased to see if they will issue a replacement atomizer.