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Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection Volunatry Recall

May 14, 2018

On May 14, 2018, Apotex issued a voluntary recall of piperacillin and tazobactam for injection. This recall was issued because the product might have impurities that could make it less effective than it should be.

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

A complete list of the affected products and lot numbers is providedhere:

To see if you received product from these affected lots, please check the lot number. The lot number is the upper or lower flaps of the box and on manufacturer’s on the label on the vial by the barcode. If your product is not from one of these affected lots, it is not affected by this recall. If your product is from one of these affected lots, please contact the pharmacy that filled your prescription for further instructions.

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 medicine, please call your doctor.

CVS Caremark Response: These products are not carried by the CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacies.

If you are currently using piperacillin and tazobactam for injection and have questions regarding this recall, please call your doctor or call Apotex toll-free at 1- 800-706-5575, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (ET). You may also call the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) toll-free at 1‑888‑INFO-FDA (1‑888-463-6332) or visit:

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