Device used to administer naloxone recalled, state officials urge first responders to check supplies

Posted at 1:51 PM, Nov 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 19:28:28-04

A part used in the dispersion of Naloxone, the life-saving drug used to combat heroin overdoses, has been recalled by its maker, according to state officials. 

Teleflex Medical, the maker of the MAD300 nasal atomizer, issued the recall. Officials say the recall won't affect the medication, only a part of the device used for administration of the drug. 

The recall stemmed from a discovery that the atomizers were shooting a stream of naloxone into the nose rather than producing a mist. Officials say this could reduce the drugs effectiveness. 

State officials say they haven't received any reports of malfunctions, but are still urging health departments, first responders, pharmacies and anyone with access to the drug to immediately check their supplies and replace the atomizers. 

The actual drug should not be discarded and officials say atomizers not subject to the recall can still be used to administer naloxone.

Ohioans with questions about the recall can call the toll-free hotline: 1-844-364-4063