Presence of strands in bags of reconstituted paclitaxel suspension for intravenous infusion


#IVTEAM #Intravenous products: MHRA report “Abraxane (paclitaxel, formulated as albumin-bound nanoparticles) is a treatment for metastatic breast cancer in patients who have not responded to first-line treatment, or for whom standard anthracycline-containing therapy is not indicated. There have been reports from Europe of thin, translucent or white-to-yellow proteinaceous strands (1–2 mm in length) being observed during visual inspection of bags of reconstituted paclitaxel suspension for intravenous infusion. The cause of these strands is thought to be an interaction between albumin and silicone oil lubricant within medical devices such as syringes and locks of intravenous bags.”

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