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Nov 4, 2016 4:11 PM

NH DHHS naloxone kits not affected by recent recall


CONCORD — Kits of the opioid overdose reversal medication given by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Naloxone Kit Distribution Campaign are not affected by the recent recall.

READ: Recall issued on device used to administer life-saving overdose drug

“The Department has reviewed the recall notice, compared the product codes of the recalled kits with the State’s inventory of naloxone, and confirmed that the naloxone kits available through public health networks, community health centers, and other community organizations are not affected by the recall,” said DHHS Emergency Services Director Leigh Cheney. “The naloxone that individuals received from DHHS through a community health organization will work safely and effectively as intended.”

Naloxone manufacturer Teleflex Medical recently issued a recall for naloxone kits manufactured in 2016 because the atomizers, the device that turns liquid medication into a mist when administered, are producing a stream instead of a mist, which can reduce the effectiveness of the medication.

The naxolone given to DHHS was either purchased from Teleflex Medical before that recalled batch was manufactured or purchased from different manufacturers, DHHS said.

American Medical Response of Manchester and Nashua have sent back about two dozen kits so far as a result of the recall. Concord also said that they had a minimal impact as a result of the recall.

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