Business Editors & Health/Medical Writers
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BW HealthWire)--May 8, 2002
3M Pharmaceuticals Division today announced a voluntary recall of the prescription medication Maxair Inhaler (pirbuterol acetate inhalation aerosol). This is a press-and-breathe metered-dose inhaler. The lot numbers are 000644, 000756, 000947, 001009, 001110, 001111, 010025, 010195, 010283, 010413, 010414, 010482, 010580, 010708, 010709, 011210. The recall has been issued as a precaution to address the remote possibility that a Maxair press-and-breathe aerosol inhaler may stick intermittently and patients may not receive the expected puff of medication.
This recall does not affect Maxair Autohaler (pirbuterol acetate inhalation aerosol), a breath-actuated metered-dose inhaler.
Patients currently using the Maxair press-and-breathe inhaler are advised to return the product to their pharmacy. 3M is unable to offer patients an exact replacement unit at this time, as the Maxair press-and-breathe inhaler is currently unavailable. Patients can obtain the same medication in a different delivery device. 3M will provide Maxair autohaler (pirbuterol acetate inhalation aerosol), a breath-actuated inhaler (200 mcg pirbuterol/ inhalation), free of charge in exchange for the Maxair press-and-breathe inhaler (200 mcg pirbuterol/inhalation). A physician prescription will be required to obtain a Maxair autohaler or any other inhaler replacement.
The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.
3M Pharmaceuticals has provided a dedicated toll-free number to respond to questions from patients and physicians. The toll-free number is 1-800-390-1132. This line is available seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Patients also may obtain information at www.3M.com/pharma.
3M Pharmaceuticals, a division of 3M, manufactures and sells branded prescription drug products related to women's health, sexual health, dermatology, cardiology and respiratory medicine.
3M is a $16 billion diversified technology company with leading positions in health care, safety, electronics, telecommunications, industrial, consumer and office, and other markets. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company has operations in more than 60 countries and serves customers in nearly 200 countries. 3M businesses share technologies, manufacturing operations, brands, marketing channels and other important resources. 3M, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and also is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For more information about 3M go to www.3M.com or www.3M.com/profile/pressbox/index.jhtml.
Maxair is a trademark of 3M company.
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