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Hospira recalls electrolyte solution due to possible contamination

Hospira is recalling containers of sodium chloride injection used as a source of water and electrolytes for patients with various conditions. The recall is based on a confirmed customer report in which four individual flexible containers of the solution were found to be contaminated with polyester fiber, nylon fiber, cotton fiber and nitrocellulous fiber. Hospira is investigating to determine the root cause of the contamination. Sodium chloride injection is used to treat conditions such as dehydration and metabolic alkalosis, as a priming solution in hemodialysis procedures and blood transfusions, and to aid in the infusion of drug additives. If the ... Read More

Water and electrolyte solution recalled due to possible contamination

Tiny brass particles were found floating in a container of an injectable solution of water and electrolytes commonly used to treat conditions such as dehydration and metabolic alkalosis, as a priming solution in hemodialysis procedures and blood transfusions, and to aid in the infusion of drug additives. The brass particulate was identified as containing copper, zinc and lead. If a contaminated container of the solution is not detected it could cause a delay in therapy or, if administered, the solution containing brass particulate may result in occlusion of small blood vessels. In a worse-case scenario, copper toxicity could result in ... Read More

Supplements may put older women at greater risk for dying

Older women who take dietary supplements may be at a slightly increased risk of dying, according to a new study published in a recent issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine. But experts say women who take supplements or multivitamins shouldn’t be immediately alarmed. The 19-year study looked at about 39,000 women with an average age of 62. Eighty-five percent of the women took at least one dietary supplement a day. The study showed that among those taking multivitamins or supplements of iron, Vitamin B-6, folic acid, magnesium, zinc and copper had an average of a 2.4 percent increased chance ... Read More