Amgen Recalls Anemia Medications for Glass Fragments Drug-makers Amgen (AMGN) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) are voluntarily recalling two brands of an injectable anemia medication because vials containing the drug may have tiny glass flakes. The drug, Epoetin alfa, is marketed under the brand names Epogen and Procrit.

Known as lamellae, the glass fragments are created by the interaction of the drug with glass vials during storage, Amgen said in a statement announcing the recall. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, Amgen said.

The company said the potential impact for patients who use the injectable drug is low. Potential serious side effects include possible blood-cot formation or inflammation of the veins, among others, Amgen said, but it has received no reports of problems with the drugs related to glass flakes.

Amgen manufactures Epogen and Procrit in the U.S., where it sells Epogen, while J&J's Centocor Ortho Biotech unit distributes Procrit. J&J has been dealing with a rash of recalls for its consumer medicines, according to Reuters. The recalls aren't expected to significantly effect either the supply of the drugs or the companies' bottom lines.

The affected product lot numbers and expiration dates are posted at the drugs' respective websites: www.epogen.com and www.procrit.com.

Consumers wishing to report problems related to the recall should call 800-772-6436 for Epogen and 800-547-6446 for Procrit.

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luddite00

Dam that big government regulatory agency, sticking its nose where it doesn't belong!! Where is our freedom to have glass splinters in our medications? Dam socialist, marxist, fascist, elites, thinking that they have some responsibility for our citizenry. Gimme the good ole' gop -- corporate welfare, closed door policy writing, and de-regulation of everything.

September 26 2010 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

I hope we can comment at the voting booth like this someday. Be nice to express how you really feel!

September 26 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Are they having coffee and Danish at the prerial hearing and can anyone go?

September 26 2010 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Where do we sign up? Is there any money left?

September 26 2010 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Finally some ordinary people are going to get to sue!

September 26 2010 at 4:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
likes2kayak

I wouldn't take any drug that has such a harsh reaction when stored in a glass vile! What will it do to your body and organs! I hate to take anything they produce for the market now, they hurry everything just to make a buck and they don't care what the consequences are for the one who has to take it! Maybe people are having problems and they can't figure out what is causing them..Their Dr's are probably stumped and are trying to call it something else..When it could infact be this drug causing them... My TIP of the Week! If you ever have a loved one in ICU and they are allowed to have the Morpine pump that they administer their own Morphine with...WATCH OUT for Morphine OD...It makes them crazy...My best friend from childhood her Mom just did the other night and it wasn't good. If your loved one starts talking crazy about things and it's got you wondering if they are loosing their minds then tell the Nurse's to take the Morphine awaaayy...It took 4 hours for them to figure it out after I told them and her daughter told them!! They didn't listen to us...Guess the didn't believe us...They soon found out when she started hitting them...She was doing much better the next day without it. And, doesn't even remember!

September 26 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
DEEDEEBAY

Every day its something different, I swear that either our country has gotten so careless or we are being targeted by terrorists.

September 26 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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mikecarlsen

war is economic--Benham says trade cycles are international and not immune to eg depression-- but central planning such as Soviet aand China , as in prison are immune and those in power demand output. This in part is why John Ralston Saul the philosopher economist sees the USA CEO,s as communist. IE something is missing from the theory in the USA. Similarly Benham says that a working man can purchase more if he retains his job in a depression. Clearly this is not so in the USA IE something is missing in the formula. Huffington Post today published a survey of 5000 peoples of all kinds including ,any in the 50,000 bracket and 100,000 bracket. They were asked a]- what percentage of Americans control the wealth Answer -- for them 59 percent controlled the wealth Q b]- What percentage SHOULD control the wealth Answer b] 32 percent The Survey then answered the correct percentages and that is -- Answer twenty 20 percent of Americans in USA control 64 eighty four percent of wealth ie that is in the USA 80 eighty percent of people control a total of 16 sixteen percent of the wealth . This begins to approximate prison or demand economies. China is a demand economy. The USA owes money to China Benham citing and agreeing with Keynes says the incentive for private investment is profit. Eg an entrepreneur invests in making televisions [or Nokias or computers] and he expects [note the language] to sell enough TVs etc to give him a satisfactory return on his investment. Keynes and Benham say that it is the - expected amount of spending on the final products that governs the amount that entreprenurs decide to invest. This is a main point by Keynes. An adequate volume of spending on consumption is essential for full employment. High interest rates will discourage and low interest rates encourage investment BUT say Keynes and Benham the interest rate is very often less important than the EXPECTED volume of sales. This theory is negated in the USA The part of virtue - value has not been discussed. The drug incident is a negation of expected sales. the giving of x drug situation instead of y drug correct situation is aligned to demand economy and negates virtue-value. The costing of medical health negates Benham and Keynes.

September 26 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mikecarlsen

correction 64 should read 84 eighty four percent of wealth in USA is controlled by 20 percent of persons-- mikecarlsen

September 26 2010 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mikecarlsen

Be clean . Keep away from packaging. See what happens. From Perth Australia. A teenager who died after being sent home from a West Australian hospital is believed to have been suffering from swine flu. Andrew Allan, 16, had a fever and difficulty breathing when his mother took him to Northam Hospital, east of Perth, nearly two weeks ago. He was not assessed by a doctor, but a nurse gave him some Panadol and sent him home believing he had gastroenteritis. Andrew died in his home the next morning. His father, James Allan, told the ABC he received a phone call from the WA coroner's office during the week. He said an initial report revealed his son was suffering from swine flu and a bacterial infection when he died. 'He certainly would have had a better chance of survival in a hospital, I think, with trained people observing him than just being put to bed at home,' Mr Allan said. The WA Country Health Service says Northam Hospital is being investigated.

September 26 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
melstrawb

I guess those shards of glass freeze pops commercials were right,only it was suppose to be about big pharma.

September 26 2010 at 8:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
knute9

Was the drug manufacturing outsourced to China ?

September 26 2010 at 8:11 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply