Medicines Co. has issued a warning and a recall to users of the hypertension medication Cleviprex. So far, the warning and recall extends to 11 lots of the intravenous hypertension drug Cleviprex because it has been found to be contaminated with bits of stainless steel. The cause and scope of the contamination are still unclear. The company has not determined how many vials of the drug were affected by the problem because the lots vary by size.
The Food and Drug Administration said in a notice Thursday that the particles could potentially disrupt blood flow to the brain, kidney, liver heart and lungs. Cleviprex is used to lower excessively high blood pressure in patients who cannot take pills. It is distributed to doctors for injection in patients who are undergoing surgery. In a letter to health care professionals, the company recommends doctors inspect vials of the drug for possible contamination before using them.
If you are scheduled for surgery and if you suffer from hypertension, be sure to discuss whether your doctor intends to use this medication in connection with your surgery.