Novo Nordisk has announced that it is recalling some batches of its GlucaGen HypoKit after two users complained that the needles detached during use. Novo Nordisk’s investigators found that a small number of needles do indeed detach, according to a MPR report.
In total, just over 70,000 needles are being recalled from the following four batches:
Batch: FS6X270, Expiry: 09/30/2017
Batch: FS6X296, Expiry: 09/30/2017
Batch: FS6X538, Expiry: 09/30/2017
Batch: FS6X597, Expiry: 09/30/2017
Batch: FS6X797, Expiry: 09/30/2017
Batch: FS6X875, Expiry: 09/30/2017
All six batches were manufactured after February 15, 2016. Lilly also makes a glucagon emergency kit; this recall does not affect that product.
Perhaps this latest recall will hasten the development of easier-to-use glucagon products. Companies have been working on room-temperature-stable glucagon and a glucagon patch. Also, Lilly has acquired the rights to a formulation of glucagon that can be taken nasally.