Connecticut state agencies issue recall notice for drug overdose reversal device

HARTFORD >> A medical equipment company has issued a voluntary recall of an atomization device commonly used to dispense the overdose reversal medication naloxone, according to a release from the state Department of Public Health.

According to a joint release Thursday from the state Health Department and Department of Consumer Protection, Teleflex Medical issued a voluntary recall of its LMA MAD Intranasal Mucosal Atomization Device. This equipment is frequently used for devices dispensing naloxone directly into a person’s nostril. The use of this medication can quickly revive a person who is overdosing on an opioid. The atomization device is also used for life-threatening situations such as hypoglycemia and epileptic seizures.

The release said the recall is due to the affected devices not delivering a fully atomized plume of medication, which could potentially impact that efficiency of the product. The recall is due to the medication device, not the medication being administered, the release said.

The state Office of Emergency Medical Services also is aware of the recall and is working with the state’s public health and consumer protection departments to determine whether any of the affected products are in circulation with their emergency responders. A spokesman for the OEMS said it wasn’t immediately clear as of Thursday afternoon how many of these products were in circulation for their responders.

It’s also unclear how many of the defective devices were acquired by consumers.

The recall could translate to a shortage of naloxone to some basic life support EMS organizations, the release said, but the recall will not affect paramedic level organizations.

“All patients will continue to receive appropriate pre‐hospital emergency medical care in accordance with accepted standards of care,” the release said. Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name Narcan, is available to residents from certified pharmacists at more than 300 participating pharmacies in the state. State law allows prescribers such as physicians, surgeons, physician assistants and others certified medical personnel to prescribe and dispense the medication.

Last month, the state Department of Public Health distributed a fact sheet about the potential presence of carfentanil, powerful a synthetic opioid commonly used as an elephant tranquilizer, in the state. The sheet detailed how that drug’s potency could require multiple doses of naloxone to reverse its affects.

Reach Esteban L. Hernandez at 203-680-9901