If someone is exposed to the particulate, Hospira says there is a low chance of experiencing adverse health effects, including allergic reactions and pulmonary dysfunction.
The maker of Naloxone, also called Narcan, has discovered what it calls loose particulate matter on the syringe's plunger.
The risk is reduced by the possibility of detection, as the labeling contains a clear statement directing a visual inspection of the product for particulate matter and discoloration.
US Food and Drug Administration. The drug is now commonly carried by first responders and family members of opioid painkiller and heroin addicts as it can reverse deadly overdose symptoms like the inability to breathe.
When administered, naloxone quickly can restore normal respiration to someone whose breathing has slowed or stopped due to opioid use.
78 people die each day from opioid overdoses.
The affected dosages have lot numbers of 72680LL and 76510LL and were sold to wholesalers, distributors and hospitals in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam between February 2017 and February 2018.
Hospira is asking distributors and retailers to discontinue using and distributing the recalled product and notify anyone who they have sent it to including stores, pharmacies and hospitals. The data came from the fatal overdose from 31 states that produced reliable reports of drug-related causes of death.