Compounding company Wells Pharmacy Network recently recalled hundreds of sterile products produced between February 22nd and September 16th of 2016. The recall is voluntary and includes more than 600 medical products like injectable hormones as well as some products made for pets. Although voluntary, the recall has been prompted by concern addressed to the company by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has the authority to force recalls.
Wells Pharmacy Network
Wells is a compounding pharmacy headquartered in Wellington, Florida, with pharmacy locations in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and Ocala, Florida. The company specializes in making medications used in urology, weight management, wellness, anti-aging, and veterinary medicine. Wells has only been around since 2011 when the assets from several other compounding pharmacies were brought together to create a larger, more technologically advanced company.
The current recall has been issued for all sterile human and veterinary products that the company made between February 22nd and September 16th of this year. The recall was issued over concerns that the FDA expressed over the sterility of the products. The FDA does not believe the products’ sterility can be adequately assured, which means that there is a potential that any of them have been contaminated.
Although the recall covers hundreds of products and lack of sterility is a big concern, no one has yet reported any adverse events concerning the products in question. That does not mean that the risk for an adverse event is not there. Anyone experiencing any adverse reaction is encouraged to contact the FDA to report it.
Wells and the FDA issued recall notices that state anyone with the products in question should discontinue use immediately. They also state that any product on the recall list that remains unused should be quarantined and that users and stores with that product should contact Wells to return the potentially non-sterile products. Doctors and pharmacists are also responsible for contacting any patients that were given one of the products that are part of the recall.
Among the hundreds of products issued in the recall are injectable testosterone, progesterone, and gonadotropin hormones, nicotinamide, injectable vitamin solutions, and lidocaine. Most of the over 600 products that were supposed to be guaranteed sterile were for human use, but 31 were veterinary products.
Anyone harmed by a product that has been a part of a recall may be interested in filing a lawsuit over the damage it caused. If a consumer feels they were uninformed about the risks of using a product or that the sterility that should have been assured wasn’t, a lawsuit can be a way to seek justice for the negligence that caused harm. A lawsuit over a recalled medical product can provide a source of compensation that covers medical bills and other expenses associated with the faulty product. If you think one of these recalled Wells products caused you harm, a lawyer may be able to help you make a case and win compensation for your suffering and medical bills.