Pfizer recalls drugs after packaging mix-up

Pfizer has recalled batches of lignocaine and heparin after a medication mix-up involving a dialysis patient.

The patient was dispensed Heparin Sodium 5000 IU at a Sydney pharmacy but hospital staff later discovered the packaging contained lignocaine.

Initial investigations suggest the mix-up was an isolated incident involving one pharmacy and occurred after the pack left Pfizer’s distribution centre, a company spokesperson says.

However, Pfizer, in consultation with the TGA, has issued the voluntary recall as a “precautionary measure

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