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Md. health departments ready to assist residents with naloxone device recall

November 18th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

In response to Teleflex Medical Inc.’s medical device recall for specific lots of MAD Nasal Intranasal Mucosal Atomizer Device, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene urges Marylanders who have received a naloxone kit to check their atomizer for recalled lot numbers.  

Teleflex received complaints that certain atomizers were delivering medication in a stream rather than a fully atomized plume. Although naloxone still will act to reverse an opioid overdose, defective devices may cause a risk of under-dosing of naloxone during nasal administration. The company issued the recall on October 27, 2016. Since then, Health and Mental Hygiene has conferred with local health departments to see if corresponding devices had been distributed through the Overdose Response Program. While it has been confirmed that some of the corresponding devices have been distributed, the department has not received any reports of product malfunctions. 

Members of the public who obtained naloxone kits with an atomizer delivery device in 2016 are encouraged to check their device for recall. There is a lot number on the plastic packaging of the atomizer. If the lot number on the atomizer matches one on the list below, you may contact your local health department for a replacement.  Please note the recall is for the atomizer only and not naloxone. The medication should not be discarded. 

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