Drug Recall


HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that Emerge Health, in consultation with the Australian sponsor, Pfizer, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have given notice of a drug recall of:


Contents Meningococcal polysaccharide – Group C conjugate vaccine
Pack Pre-filled glass syringes: Packs of 1 and 10
Aust R. 134363

Batch Number

Expiry Date


Dec, 2014


Dec, 2014


Dec, 2014


Jan, 2015


Feb, 2015


July, 2015


July, 2015


Feb, 2015


Sep, 2015


Sep, 2015


Sep, 2015


Nov, 2015


Feb, 2016


Feb, 2016


This recall has been issued due to the potential for a small number of syringes of Meningitec® Vaccine to contain particulate contamination of iron oxide and oxidised stainless steel, originating from the manufacturing equipment. The sterility of the product has not been compromised, and there have been no reports of contaminated syringes or adverse reactions relating to particulate matter in Australia.

As this recall includes all supplies of Meningitec® Vaccine, alternative meningococcal polysaccharide – Group C conjugate vaccines should be used to immunise against invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup C, as recommended in the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition; 2013.

Please inspect your stocks and quarantine all syringes for return to Emerge Health, who will arrange for collection. Any items supplied by HPS Pharmacies should be returned to the pharmacy for processing.

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

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies, or Emerge Health directly on (03) 9077 4486.

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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