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Gilead recalls vials of COVID antiviral drug remdesivir over glass shard contamination

Added 12-04-21 12:18:02am EST - “A pharmaceutical manufacturer recalled thousands of vials of its COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir after an investigation found they were contaminated with glass particles.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Gilead recalls vials of COVID antiviral drug remdesivir over glass shard contamination”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A pharmaceutical manufacturer recalled thousands of vials of its COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir after an internal investigation found they were contaminated with glass particles.

Gilead Sciences Inc. on Friday announced the pullback of the drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, shipped to hospitals nationwide in October and November.

“The administration of an injectable product that contains glass particulates may result in local irritation or swelling,” Gilead said in a statement on its website.

“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.” 

A company official told Bloomberg that 55,000 vials of remdesivir were recalled, enough to treat 11,000 hospitalized patients.

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