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BD Insulin Syringes with the BD Ultra-Fine™ needle Voluntary Recall

August 30, 2017

On May 25, 2017, Becton Dickinson issued a voluntary recall of BD Insulin Syringes with the BD Ultra-Fine needle 1/2 mL 12.7 mm 30 gauge (catalog reference 328466). On August 30, 2017, BD announced that they are expanding the recall to include two additional lots.This recall was issued because some polybags that contain BD Ultra-Fine needle 1/2 mL 12.7 mm 30 gauge (catalog reference 328466) are incorrectly labeled as BD Ultra-Fine needle 1/2 mL 8 mm 31 gauge (catalog reference 328468). The shelf carton and case carton are correctly labeled as BD Insulin Syringes with the BD Ultra-Fine needles 1/2 mL 12.7 mm 30 gauge. Using a 12.7 mm needle when an 8 mm needle was intended could result in an increased risk of low blood sugar.

This may represent a potential health hazard or safety risk to plan members who may be using product affected by this recall.

This recall affects lot numbers 6291768, 6312558 and 6340590. To see if you have affected product, please check the lot number. The lot number is on the back of the carton of 100 syringes and on the back on the polybag of 10 syringes near the barcode. If your product is not from these affected lot numbers, it is not affected by this recall. If your product is from these affected lot numbers, please contact the pharmacy that filled your prescription for further instructions.

Examples of the lot number locations are provided here:

You should not continue to use product that is affected by this recall. Please call your doctor right away for advice if you may be using affected product or if you do not know if you used affected product or not. Your doctor is familiar with your medical history and can suggest the best treatment option for you. If you need a prescription for a different product, please call your doctor.

CVS Caremark Response: If you are currently using BD Insulin Syringes with the BD Ultra-Fine needle (catalog reference 328466 or 328468), please call a Customer Care representative toll-free at 1-866-823-5184. We will give you more information and help with arrangements for the return and replacement of any affected product.

If you are currently using BD Insulin Syringes with the BD Ultra-Fine needle (catalog reference 328466 or 328468) and have questions regarding this recall, please call your doctor or call Becton Dickinson toll-free at 1-888-345-5364, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8a:00 pm (ET) or visit https://www.bd.com/. You may also call the U.S. Food and Drug Administration toll-free at 1‑888‑INFO-FDA (1‑888-463-6332) or visit their Web site at https://www.fda.gov./

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