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Roche Avastin Recall

Avastin medicine

Atlanta-based law firm Cash, Krugler & Fredericks is actively investigating and pursuing two recent cases related to the Avastin recall and is prepared and receptive to accepting additional product liability cases for the drug recall. If you or a family member have been given Avastin eye injections to treat macular degeneration, it is imperative you contact an attorney as you may have a viable product liability or personal injury claim.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors about recalled syringes of Roche drug Avastin (bevacizumab) distributed by Clinical Specialties in Augusta, Georgia, as a treatment for macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration is a vision disorder common in seniors. The Roche drug Avastin was researched and developed as a cancer drug, but some compounding pharmacies like Clinical Specialties have been repackaging it into smaller units to treat macular degeneration with an eye injection of the drug.

This is done because the active ingredient in Avastin is the same as another Roche drug, Lucentis, which has been approved for macular degeneration treatment. Whereas Lucentis eye injections for macular degeneration cost about $2,000, the repackaged Avastin eye injections cost about $50.

The cost difference in these medications has led to an increase in repackaging in compounding pharmacies, and now, the second recall of Avastin drug syringes in two years. In 2011, the FDA warned about eye infections linked to Avastin syringes made by a Florida compounding pharmacy.

In the latest product safety recall, the FDA is warning that the 40 lots of Avastin syringes recently distributed by Clinical Specialties to doctors in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Indiana can lead to an eye infection called endophthalmitis.

Endophthalmitis is a condition that occurs in the eyeball and can lead to permanent loss of vision. Any compromised sterile injections produced out of the Georgia compounding pharmacy issuing the recalls can put Avastin treated patients at risk of infection.

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