Gilead Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) has announced it is voluntarily recalling two lots of Veklury® (remdesivir 100 mg for injection) to the user level. Gilead Sciences Inc. received a customer complaint, confirmed by the firm’s investigation, of the presence of glass particulates.
Risk Statement: The administration of an injectable product that contains glass particulates may result in local irritation or swelling in response to the foreign material. If the glass particulate reaches the blood vessels it can travel to various organs and block blood vessels in the heart, lungs or brain which can cause stroke and even lead to death. To date, Gilead Sciences Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
Veklury is indicated for the treatment of adults and pediatric patients ≥ 12 years old and weighing ≥40 kg requiring hospitalization for COVID-19. The lyophilized form of Veklury (remdesivir 100 mg for injection) is distributed in single dose clear glass vials in powder form and reconstituted at the site of use. Veklury lots 2141001-1A and 2141002-1A were distributed nationwide in the United States, beginning October 2021. NDC, lot, expiration date and distribution dates can be found in the table below.
|Product Description||NDC||Lot #||Expiration Date||Distribution date to wholesalers|
|Veklury® (remdesivir 100mg for injection)||61958-2901-02||2141001-1A|
Gilead is notifying its distributors and customers via UPS next day air mail to hospital pharmacies and is facilitating the return of any remaining vials from the affected lots. Hospitals that have Veklury which is being recalled should stop using the affected lots and return the product vials per the instructions.
Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Gilead Medical Information at 1-866-633-4474 Monday to Friday 6am – 4pm PST or through their website at www.askgileadmedical.com. 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.
- Complete and submit the report Online
- Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Original recall and updates at FDA