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Saline Solution Recalled

April 9, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A saline solution used in administering various types of drugs is being recalled because of possible bacteria contamination, the product’s manufacturer said Thursday.

Kendall Healthcare Products Co. began recalling Modudose 0.9 percent sodium chloride solution after learning that two lots of the product were contaminated with the bacteria Ralstonia pickettii. No injuries have been reported. But the bacteria are associated with sepsis, poisoning of the bloodstream by infection, and could be fatal to people with lung disease or problems with their immune systems.

The Los Angeles Health Department reported the problem to the federal Food and Drug Administration after one of its hospitals found that routine throat cultures in 17 patients contained R. pickettii. Three of those cases were linked to the recalled product.

The Kendall recall effects the Modudose 0.9 percent sodium chloride solutions of the following products:

_Kendall product code 5251, 3 ml vial.

_Kendall product code 5257, 5 ml vial.

_Umeco product code PR5251, 3 ml vial.

_Westmed product code 0454, 1.5 ml vial.

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