Am­gen re­calls ane­mia drugs

Los Angeles Times - - Company Town -

Am­gen Inc. is re­call­ing some lots of its block­buster Epogen and Pr­o­crit ane­mia treat­ments be­cause the in­jected drugs may con­tain glass flakes that could cause blood clots, swelling of veins, im­mune sys­tem re­ac­tions and other prob­lems.

The Thou­sand Oaks biotech­nol­ogy com­pany said that the flakes were barely vis­i­ble in most cases and that it had fielded no com­plaints or re­ports about prob­lems that could be di­rectly tied to them. Pa­tients ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems should con­tact their doc­tor.

Am­gen said the flakes were caused by the drugs’ in­ter­ac­tion with glass vials over the prod­ucts’ shelf life.

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