Medical Advisory

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Medical Advisory #421

CSL Behring has announced an extension to a voluntary recall of two lots of Helixate FS with vial adapter that was sent to the community in NHF Medical Advisory #420.  There was an analysis conducted on additional lots manufactured before November 2015. As a result additional lots are being voluntarily recalled.

Declining potency issues were the problem with these lots after routine stability testing. Two lots that fell below the acceptable range were:

  • Helixate FS 2000 IU Lot # 270PWG6 Expiry Date: 05/08/2017
  • Helixate FS 1000 IU Lot # 270NV9G Expiry Date: 09/23/2016

Additional lots may eventually fall below the pre-specified acceptable range before shelf life expiration and are subject to recall. These lots are listed on the following page of this document

Based on all currently available and reviewed data accessible by CSL Behring, no safety relevant observations or signals have been detected.  Furthermore, the current health risk assessment does not indicate an appreciable risk for patients associated with the affected lots.  Any patients with concerns regarding these lots should speak with their product provider.

Please sign up for the Patient Notification System (PNS) to be notified directly about the latest recall or withdrawal of recombinant and plasma products. The system is confidential and time sensitive. It is administered by an independent third-party organization and is free of charge. To enroll in the PNS, please call (888) UPDATE-U or go online at

This material is provided via NHF for your general information only. NHF and HFM do not give medical advice or engage in the practice of medicine. NHF and HFM under no circumstances recommend treatment for specific individuals and in all cases recommends that you consult your physician or local hemophilia treatment center before pursuing any course of treatment.

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