Another Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy recalled products due to contamination. Village Fertility Pharmacy recently conducted a voluntary recall of compounded medications that have been shipped over the past three months after an unknown substance was seen floating in a vial of medication.
The particulate was discovered in a small percentage of two lots of Progesterone. According to the company, the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy was contacted regarding the situation immediately after the discovery was made. After an initial investigation, Village and the Board of Pharmacy expanded the recall to include Leuprolide as well.
A spokesman from the Waltham compounding pharmacy said that laboratory results are expected by the end of this week on the recalled fertility drugs; however no adverse effects have been reported by any patients who have used the drugs in that time.
“We are working cooperatively with all government agencies and are awaiting the results of the investigation,” Stuart Levine, president of Village Fertility Pharmacy said in a statement. “While no patients have reported any adverse effects, we believe the prudent course is to recall all of those medications.”
Progesterone and Leuprolide are both injectable drugs, which are the most dangerous if contaminated. Progesterone is a hormone that supports gestation, and can be compounded in different solutions to support patients’ various needs. Leuprolide suppresses natural ovulation.
Compounding pharmacies have received scrutiny after the New England Compounding Center shipped contaminated injectable steroids linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened 714 people and was responsible for 48 deaths. State health officials have been conducting surprise inspections of compounders after this tragedy.
For patients who have questions or concerns regarding the recalled products, Village Fertility Pharmacy suggests calling the Village Recall Hotline at 1-888-965-5813.
Source: Village Fertility Pharmacy
Last Updated: 2/27/13; 10:50AM EST