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Hospira Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall For 4.2% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, and Atropine Sulfate Injection Due to the Potential Presence of Glass Matter

AUDIENCE: Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy, Risk Manager

ISSUE: Hospira is recalling the lots of 4.2% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP ABBOJECT Glass Syringe, 5 mEq/10 mL; 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP Lifeshield ABBOJECT Glass Syringe, 50 mEq/50 mL; and Atropine Sulfate Injection, USP Lifeshield ABBOJECT Glass Syringe, 1 mg/10 mL due to the potential for presence of glass particulate matter, identified during product inspection.

Should a patient receive an injectable product containing glass particulate matter as a result of this issue, the patient may experience serious adverse events. Potential complications related to injection of visible and subvisible inert particles include inflammation of a vein, granuloma, and blockage of blood vessels or life-threatening blood clot events. The frequency and severity of these adverse events could vary depending upon a variety of factors including the size and number of particles in the drug product, patient comorbidities (such as age, compromised organ function), and presence or absence of vascular anomalies.

The risk is reduced by the possibility of detection, as the label contains a clear statement directing the healthcare professional to visually inspect the product for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration.

To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for these lots.

The products were distributed nationwide to wholesalers/hospitals/institutions in the United States and Puerto Rico from March 14, 2023 through June 29, 2023.

For more information about this recall, click on the red button "Read Recall" below.


Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP is a sterile, nonpyrogenic, hypertonic solution of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) in water for injection for administration by the intravenous route as an electrolyte replenisher and systemic alkalizer. It is indicated in the treatment of metabolic acidosis which may occur in severe renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes, circulatory insufficiency due to shock or severe dehydration, extracorporeal circulation of blood, cardiac arrest and severe primary lactic acidosis. Sodium bicarbonate is further indicated in the treatment of certain drug intoxications, including barbiturates (where dissociation of the barbiturate-protein complex is desired), in poisoning by salicylates or methyl alcohol and in hemolytic reactions requiring alkalinization of the urine to diminish nephrotoxicity of hemoglobin and its breakdown products. It is also indicated in severe diarrhea which is often accompanied by a significant loss of bicarbonate.

Atropine Sulfate Injection, USP is a sterile, nonpyrogenic isotonic solution of atropine sulfate monohydrate in water for injection with sodium chloride sufficient to render the solution isotonic. It is administered parenterally by intravenous injection and is indicated for temporary blockade of severe or life-threatening muscarinic effects, e.g., as an antisialagogue, an antivagal agent, an antidote for organophosphorus or muscarinic mushroom poisoning, and to treat bradyasystolic cardiac arrest.


Wholesalers, hospitals, institutions, and doctors with an existing inventory of a lot which is being recalled should discontinue use, stop distribution and quarantine the product immediately. If you have further distributed the recalled product, please notify your accounts and/or any additional locations which may have received the recalled product.

Hospitals/Institutions should inform Healthcare Professionals in your organization of this recall. For additional assistance, call Sedgwick Inc. at 1-800-805-3093.

Healthcare Professionals with questions regarding this recall can contact Pfizer.

Health professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and

Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Complete and submit the report online.

Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

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