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Merck Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of CUBICIN

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, is voluntarily recalling one lot of CUBICIN (daptomycin for injection) 500 mg for intravenous use, Lot 934778, Exp June 2022. Because treatment with CUBICIN is likely to be initiated at a hospital or other monitored healthcare setting, the recall is being conducted to the user level, including hospital and administering institutions. Approximately 22,000 vials are affected by this recall. The recall has been initiated following receipt of a customer complaint reporting that a piece of glass was found in a vial of CUBICIN after reconstitution.

Intravenous infusion of glass particulates has the potential to cause serious health consequences if the particulate is small enough to be withdrawn from the vial and infused into the patient. Local irritation or swelling at the infusion site may occur in response to the presence of foreign material. More serious potential outcomes include blockage and clotting in blood vessels, which can be life-threatening if a critical organ is affected. Other clinical consequences could include prolonged hospitalization, particularly in those patients receiving an extended treatment regimen for which multiple vials of CUBICIN are administered over the course of treatment. The risk is reduced by the possibility of detection, as the label contains a clear statement directing the healthcare professional to visually inspect the product for particulate matter prior to administration. To date, Merck has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

CUBICIN is a lipopeptide antibacterial indicated for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections(cSSSI) in adult and pediatric patients (1 to 17 years of age), and Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (bacteremia) in adult patients including those with right-sided infective endocarditis, and Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (bacteremia) in pediatric patients (1 to 17 years of age). CUBICIN is packaged in single-dose, 10 mL glass vial containing 500 mg of daptomycin as a sterile, lyophilized cake, NDC 67919-011-01. There were 76,163 total vials manufactured in the affected lot; and of those vials, 21,603 have been distributed. The affected CUBICIN lot includes the following: Bulk drug product and packaged lot 934778, expiration date June 2022. This product was distributed to wholesalers between June 1, 2021, and Sept. 9, 2021, in the U.S.

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Merck is notifying its distributors and customers and is arranging for return of all recalled product by sending recall notices via UPS Next Day Air to all nine Merck direct consignees with a physical address. Recall notices are being sent via USPS to the Merck direct consignees with a US Post Office address. All Merck direct consignees will be instructed to perform a sub-recall and notify all customers to whom they had distributed the lot.

Customers that have CUBICIN vials from the lot that is being recalled should contact Sedgwick at (877) 830-9730 for product return instructions. Sedgwick will provide all customers with prepaid shipping labels, packing slips and business reply cards.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact the Merck National Service Center at (800) 672-6372, select prompt #1, then please hold for a representative. (Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EST))Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

“Our highest priorities are the health and safety of patients and the quality of our medicines and vaccines,” said Richard M. Haupt, M.D., MPH, Vice President and Head, Vaccines & Infectious Diseases, Merck Research Labs. “We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused by this recall.”

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Source: Merck & Co.
Date: Oct 19, 2021


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