Bayer announced the recall of two lots of Kogenate聽FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 I.U. vials on July 19, 2019. Bayer announced that 3000 I.U. of one product (Jivi), past its expiration date, had been mislabeled as another product (2000 I.U. of Kogenate FS) and distributed to the public for six months. This is a deeply troubling event that gives rise to questions, concern, and outrage within the community.

On July 26th, HFA and NHF submitted a letter to Bayer focusing on the company鈥檚 plans for accomplishing the recall. You can read the HFA-NHF letter here聽and Bayer鈥檚 response, received late yesterday, here. You can also read a separate letter about the recall that Bayer sent out to health care providers (HCPs) here. Bayer sent the HCP letter on July 19thbut shared it with HFA and NHF yesterday.

The patient organizations鈥 July 26th聽letter is only the first step聽in continuing communications among HFA, NHF, Bayer, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The July 26th聽letter focused specifically on the recall process because HFA and NHF wanted timely information about Bayer鈥檚 plan to execute the recall and assurance that mislabeled product is not still in use. We continue to press for information about how this serious event happened, what the implications might be for聽patient health and care, and how Bayer will ensure similar errors do not happen again. HFA and NHF are also following up on these questions with the FDA and with our respective teams of medical advisors.

This is an ongoing discussion and HFA and NHF will keep the bleeding disorders community informed as information is gathered.

Please note that NHF and HFA do not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific products, treatments, or opinions. If you have any questions or concerns about your medical treatment, including your possible exposure to recalled product, please consult your physician.


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