Illinois medication device company hits FDA Class 1 recall list!

Baxter International Colleague medication infusion pumps recalled by FDA.

Chicago, IL (JusticeNewsFlash.com)–The Deerfield, Illinois based pharmaceutical and health care product manufacturer stopped U.S. sales of their Colleague medication infusion pump in 2005. Even though the medical devices responsible for I.V. drug treatments were found to have serious defects they remain in use in many hospitals and clinics across throughout the United States, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. The medication pumps made by Baxter were found to have infusion failures, improper prescribed drug dosage administration, battery failures, alarm failures and false alarms.

In January, the company sent health care customers warning letters stating certain failures in the medication administration pumps have been associated with serious injuries and/or deaths. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) www.fda.gov issued an announcement classifying Baxter’s January letter as a Class 1 recall. The FDA’s Class 1 recall is the most serious and highest alert. This type of recall means use of the product may cause serious adverse health consequences including death.

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