The recall is for the 20 mg vial with an expiration date of May 31, 2013 and a lot number of 2067134.
The particulate matter is a potential health hazard to those receiving the injections. The reactions can cause vein irritation and phlebitis, severe pulmonary dysfunction, clinically occult pulmonary granulomas detected at routine autopsy examination, occlusion of capillaries and arteries, local tissue infarction and even anaphylactic shock and death.
This medication is used as an adjunct to general anesthesia, to assist breathing and also to produce muscle relaxation during surgery.
For the lot being recalled there has not yet been any reports of adverse events, and healthcare practitioners who have received the vials have been instructed not to use the product and quarantine it so it can be returned.
Snyder and Wenner, P.C.