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CUBICIN (daptomycin for injection) by Cubist Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Presence of Particulate Matter

[Posted 04/18/2014]

AUDIENCE: Pharmacy, Patient, Health Professional, Nursing

ISSUE: Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot (Lot # 280453F) of CUBICIN (daptomycin for injection) 500 mg to the user level due to the presence of particulate matter, identified as glass particles.

The administration of glass particulate, if present in an intravenous drug, poses a potential safety risk to patients including: thromboembolism, pulmonary emboli, phlebitis, mechanical block of the capillaries or arterioles, activation of platelets, subsequent generation of microthrombi, and emboli. Patients with preexisting condition of trauma or other medical condition that adversely affects the microvascular blood supply are at an increased risk. Administration of a glass particulate can also lead to formation of granulomas, which represent a protective local inflammatory response to the foreign material.

BACKGROUND: Cubicin is an intravenously administered prescription product indicated for the treatment of skin infections and certain blood stream infections. Cubicin was distributed Nationwide to multiple consignees.

RECOMMENDATION: Anyone with an existing inventory of the product lot listed should determine whether they have product from the recalled lot, quarantine and discontinue distribution of this recalled lot of the product and call Cubist at (855) 534-8309 to arrange for return and replacement of the affected lot.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online:
  • 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

[04/18/2014 - Firm Press Release - Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.]