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Brand name: Heparin Sodium (Pfizer (Perth)) TM

Active ingredients: heparin

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a recall notice on this product.

Heparin 5000 IU/5 mL injection 50 pack ampoules (Pfizer)

Recall Action Commencement Date: 11 August 2017 Expiry: February 2019

TGA Recall Reference: RC-2017-RN-01058-1

Batch Number: A473

AUST R Number: 49232

Reason: Pfizer Australia has been made aware that in one instance, Lignocaine 1% 50mg in 5mL ampoules were found inside of a box of Heparin 5000 IU in 5mL ampoules. Pfizer believes this to be an isolated case involving one Community Pharmacy in NSW.

Further information on this recall can be found at http://apps.tga.gov.au/PROD/SARA/arn-detail.aspx?k=RC-2017-RN-01058-1

What it is used for

INDICATIONS AS AT 26 NOVEMBER 2001: Prophylaxis and treatment of thromboembolic disorders such as thrombophlebitis, pulmonary embolism, coronary or venous thrombosis and occlusive vascular disease. As a low-dose regimen for the prevention of thromboembolic complications arising as a result of cardiac and arterial surgery. As an anticoagulant during blood transfusions, extracorporeal circulation, dialysis and other perfusion techniques and in blood samples for laboratory purposes.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Clear, colourless or straw coloured solution, free from visible impurities.

Food interactions

For the active ingredient heparin

  • Adequate calcium intake is recommended, needs increased with long term use, supplement recommended.
  • Many herbs with anticoagulant properties (e.g. ginger, garlic, ginseng, green tea, evening primrose) may increase the risk of bleeding in patients on anticoagulant therapy such as heparin

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient heparin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Download leaflet

For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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