We have recently discovered that Elimedical has released some faulty syringes into the marketplace. As a result, some of the syringes we have supplied for injecting insulin have a manufacturing error which could cause a serious insulin overdose, as it did in one of our patients. The dosage scale on the syringe may be mismarked, causing the dosage of insulin to be much too high.
The product in question is the U-100 syringe, which we sell in boxes of 100, as pictured above. It is used for administering 100 unit per ml insulin. Note that this insulin is fine, it is only the syringes which may be faulty. The Elimedical U-100 syringes are NOT used for administering Caninsulin here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital. If your pet’s prescription is for Caninsulin, you do not need to replace your syringes.
Apparently the manufacturer, Elimedical, has been aware of the problem since November, but has not issued a recall on the potentially affected product, and only contacted our distributor with a letter last week.
As soon as we became aware of the issue on Thursday, Feb 4, we immediately took the following steps:
- We have sourced a replacement product from another company and are immediately and permanently replacing it in our practice. No other Elimedical products are in use in our practice.
- We immediately communicated with our distributor and Elimedical about the issue. Elimedical has been aware of the issue since November, and has NOT recalled the product.
- We called every person in our practice who has purchased the Elimedical U-100 syringes and warned them that the product in their possession may be flawed. We instructed them that they should cease using the Elimedical syringes, and bring in their existing supply for exchange with a new box of the replacement syringes.
- Today, Monday, February 8th, we have again contacted Elimedical and urged them to make a general recall of these syringes, which are widely distributed to veterinarians in Ontario.