Bristol-Myers Squibb Initiates Voluntary Recall Of 10 Lots Of BiCNU (Carmustine For Injection) Due To The Potential For Overfill
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) has initiated a voluntary recall nationwide of 10 lots of BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) previously manufactured by Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc., a former, third-party contract manufacturer for the company, to the user level. The precautionary recall of BiCNU, a chemotherapeutic agent administered to patients in a hospital or other clinical setting, is being initiated following the discovery of one overfilled vial of BiCNU during routine testing. An overfilled vial of BiCNU represents a significant risk to patients due to the nature of product administration and could result in patients receiving a dose greater than prescribed. There have been no reported adverse events associated with this issue.
BiCNU is used as a therapy for treatment of brain tumors, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease and non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Potential adverse events include myelosuppression, pulmonary toxicity and renal abnormality, as well as increased incidence of other adverse events known to be caused by carmustine. In the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) setting, which has been reported as an off-label use, BiCNU is administered using a high dose regimen and this may lead to fatal outcomes in certain individuals.
This recall is being conducted in the U.S., Canada and countries within Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific for lots previously manufactured by Ben Venue. Bristol-Myers Squibb does not anticipate a product shortage resulting from the recall as current supply is secured through another manufacturer.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to ensuring patient safety and is working to resolve this issue quickly and appropriately. The company is notifying regulatory authorities in impacted countries and is issuing recall communications to hospitals and health care professionals who may have received product from recalled lots.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax. Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to address on the pre-addressed form. Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
This recall is for the following lots of BiCNU distributed between March 2010 and July 2011. Hospitals and health care professionals who have received the indicated lots are directed to cease use immediately and contact the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company recall coordinator to arrange return of all remaining inventory.
|Patient Kit Lot #||Item Description||Expiration|
|9L7003A||BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||Nov 2012|
|BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||Nov 2012|
|9H4211A||BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||Feb 2013|
BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL
|0E7004A||BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||
|0E7006A||BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||Sep 2013|
|0J7007A||BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||Jan 2014|
|1A7005A||BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||Jan 2014|
|1C7006A||BiCNU® (carmustine for injection) 100 mg per vial, 50mg/mL||Apr 2014|
These lots represent all remaining lots of BiCNU manufactured at Ben Venue Laboratories within expiration. This voluntary recall is only for the lots listed. No other lots of BiCNU are subject to this recall.
Health care professionals and customers may call the following for assistance if they have further questions about the recall:
GENCO Pharmaceutical Services 1-888-896-4564
The line is available Mon-Fri, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST.
|General and Medical Inquiries||
Bristol-Myers Squibb Customer Information Center 1-800-332-2056
The line is available Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST.
|U.S. Reimbursement Process||Bristol-Myers Squibb Customer Service Operations 1-800-631-5244 (option 5)|
Puerto Rico Reimbursement Process
1-787-792-6624 (Puerto Rico only)
|1-787-792-6624 (Puerto Rico only)|
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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