Further to DrugAlert volume 899, HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that InterPharma, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has initiated an urgent recall of all batches of Sodium Chloride 0.9% 30mL irrigation Solution.

This recall has been initiated due to possible contamination with Ralstonia pickettii, a bacteria that can cause infection in people with a weakened immune system.

The products currently affected by this issue are shown below.

InterPharma Sodium Chloride 0.9% 30mL ampoules: (Recall)

  • ALL batches

InterPharma Sodium Chloride 0.9% 10mL ampoules: (Quarantine)

  • 2304400
  • 2301530
  • 2301531
  • 2207874

Please inspect your stock and quarantine all affected products. If HPS Pharmacies provide imprest management services to your facility, an HPS representative will inspect all stock stored in the designated imprest areas at the earliest opportunity. All affected products will be quarantined, and HPS Pharmacies will arrange for replacement stock as soon as possible. An HPS Pharmacies staff member will contact senior medical and nursing staff if there is an immediate impact to your facility.

Retain this notice in a prominent position, including in other related business units for one month. Report any problems identified with medicines, vaccines or medical devices to the TGA.

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please contact InterPharma on 1300 308 213 or your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies.

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