Syringe Alert


HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that GlaxoSmithKline Australia (GSK), in consultations with the TGA have issued a precautionary product notification for:

Fluarix® (Inactivated Split Influenza) vaccine 0.5mL pre-filled syringe,
Aust R 154660

The notice has been issued because there has been one report of a syringe containing glass-like material blocking the action of the syringe so that the full dose could not be administered.

As there is no safety concern for patients and as this type of event is so unlikely (less than 1 in 10 million vaccines distributed), the product will not be recalled. Health professionals are reminded to visually inspect all pre-filled syringes prior to administration according to best practice for all injections.

Fluarix® is one of four brands of influenza vaccines approved for use in children from the age of 6 months.

Any problems identified with medicines, vaccines or medical devices should be reported to the TGA.

Please retain this notice in a prominent position, including other related business units, for one month as a reminder for all staff members.

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies or GSK Medical Information on 1800 033 109.

Information regarding expected dates for supply may vary subject to delays which are out of our control. HPS Pharmacies does not accept responsibility for such changes but will endeavour to keep our clients updated as information is made available from drug manufacturers or wholesalers.

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