AMAG Issues Drug Recall Anemia Drug after Patient Death

feraheme_lg-ePharmaceutical Company Receives Report of Patient Death, Issues Drug Recall

Amag Pharmaceuticals, partnered with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, which has recently come under fire for their potentially dangerous Type 2 diabetes drug Actos, issued a drug recall for their anemia drug after reports of patient illness, and one death.

Amag has issued a drug recall for all batches of Feraheme, sold as Riesno in Switzerland, where the patient died. The company says it will investigate the problem, and gather data on safety reports, in their securities filing.

“This decision is based on a cluster of four post-marketing adverse event reports in Switzerland concerning hypersensitivity reactions of varying severity following the administration of Rienso from this batch,” Amag said in the filing, adding that new batches won’t be introduced in Switzerland until regulators approve.

Takeda called the drug recall a “precautionary measure,” saying that hypersensitivity reactions are one of the potential side effects listed on the bottle.

Riesno was approved last August to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.

According to Swissmedic, there have been four reports of acute hypersensitivity reactions through the Vigilance surveillance system. As only 1,000 ampules of the drug have been supplied to Switzerland this year, that means the number of reports is “several times higher” than expected, based on previous experience internationally.

Shares of Amag Pharmaceuticals dropped about 4.2% after the news regarding the voluntary drug recall broke.

Drug Recalls and Personal Injury

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Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.

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