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Vaccines Recalled Due to Inclusion of Glass Particles

It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it’s actually the subject of the FDA’s latest recall.

Bedford Laboratories, a pharmaceutical- and medical device-manufacturing corporation has just recalled two vaccines after it was found that vials of the injections contained glass particles.

Bedford Laboratories is an American manufacturer that supplies an extensive selection of critical-care and medically necessary multisource and specialty injectable products to the healthcare marketplace. This is the second recall for the same product; according to the FDA’s report, the recalls were first initiated in August of 2011 after visible glass particles were found in a limited number of vials in the affected lots.

The first vaccine retracted from the market was for Vecuronium, a muscle relaxant that is generally used during surgery in conjunction with general anesthesia, to facilitate intubation and mechanical ventilation. The other recalled injection was Polymyxin B, an antibiotic used primarily to treat infections by causing cells to become more permeable, at which point the increase in water-uptake leads to the cell’s death. Polymyxin B, in its natural form, is also commonly used in the topical first-aid preparation ointment Neosporin.

Nevertheless, despite the enormous benefits these medications may have, the glass particles make them potentially deadly. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, particulate matter in injections – such as the glass in this particular case – can be harmful when introduced into the bloodstream. Potential adverse effects may include such things as vein irritation and inflammation, tissue death, obstruction of capillaries and arteries, and in more serious cases, anaphylactic shock, and death.

Although to date there have been no injuries reported from the affected lots, the potential for hazard is enormous.

Illinois product liability law is an area of personal injury law that focuses on dangerous and defective products; it is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and others who manufacture and disseminate goods to the public are held responsible for the injuries caused by those products. “Products” in this instance covers a wide range of categories, including medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

In cases in which Illinois product liability lawsuits arise, the claims most commonly asserted are negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, and various other consumer protection claims. This particular situation involves strict liability. Under strict liability, the manufacturer of the product is liable for injuries caused if the product harms consumers, even if the manufacturer was not directly negligent in making that product defective.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers represent victims across Illinois in matters against companies that have sold or manufactured unsafe products to consumers. In fact, our attorneys brought a case against Orion Research Inc. and Baxter Health Care Corporation for a flawed test for the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. The failures of the test led a set of parents to have a second cystic child. While recovering a substantial settlement for the family, the firm and the family were more concerned with the discontinuation of the test. As a result of our efforts, the test was eliminated.

If you’ve had an incident with a product that caused an injury, or are the survivor of someone who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.