Ohio Officials Urge All in Possession of Naloxone to Check Supplies & Replace Defective Atomizers
State officials have issued an urgent alert to administrators of naloxone after Teleflex Medical issued a nationwide product recall on the MAD300 nasal atomizer. The recall does not impact the medication itself, but rather a part of the device used to administer the drug. The recall was issued after it was discovered that faulty nasal atomizers shoot a stream of naloxone into patients’ noses rather than producing a mist, potentially making the overdose reversal drug less effective.
At this time, the state has not received any reports of product malfunctions. However, officials are urging health departments, first responders, pharmacies, nonprofits and any individuals with access to naloxone to immediately check their supplies and take the necessary steps to replace any atomizers impacted by the recall. Medication should not be discarded. Additionally, nasal atomizers not subject to this recall may still be used to administer naloxone in the event of an overdose.
As part of Ohio’s efforts to combat overdose deaths, many public entities purchase their naloxone supply from Ohio’s Pharmacy Service Center (OPSC), often in the form of Project DAWN kits. All OPSC customers have been directly contacted by the state to ensure they are aware of the recall and understand how to replace defective products.
Steps To Take If You Have Nasal Atomizers In Your Possession
Ohioans with questions about this recall should call the state’s toll-free hotline: 1-844-364-4063. All organizations and individuals currently in possession of these atomizers should immediately check the lot numbers to identify recalled devices. For help in locating the atomizer lot number please see the attached photos. MAD300 nasal atomizer lot numbers impacted by the recall are as follows:
160108 160231 160440 160708
160117 160300 160500 160718
160126 160313 160518 160728
160145 160327 160602 160800
160146 160400 160611 160804
160200 160409 160621 160814
160219 160422 160631 160816
160225 160432 160701 160823
Organizations and individuals in possession of nasal atomizers impacted by the recall should return the product to where it was purchased or acquired.
At this time Teleflex Medical has not established a date when they will be releasing new product. Alternative forms of naloxone may be available, including Narcan NS™. For a list of pharmacies that may have this product in stock, visit www.pharmacy.ohio.gov\stopoverdose.
For complete information about this recall, Ohioans should visit StopOverdoses.Ohio.Gov.