(WTOL) - Teleflex Medical is recalling a naloxone nasal spray device due to a risk of serious injury, even death.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department held a press conference on the recall on Friday.
They stressed that the medication itself is not faulty but the atomizer device is.
"Your pushing too much pure liquid and not getting enough of those little droplets into the nose, into the nasal cavity to uptick into that individual," said Eric Zgodzinski.
The overdose reversal nasal atomizers were used in Project DAWN kits that have been distributed by the Health Department and that were assembled at the Ohio Pharmacy Service Center (OPSC).
Teleflex officials say 32 lot numbers sold after Jan. 1, 2016 may deliver a stream instead of an atomized spray, potentially making the overdose reversal drug less effective. The issue does not impact the medication itself, just the atomizer used to administer the drug.
The company included the following statement in the recall:
Although many Project DAWN kits distributed since then are anyone who has received one is asked to check the lot number on all atomizers.
The following lot numbers are listed in the product recall:
The health department says those impacted by the recall are spread out across the community.
Right now they are working on a kit exchange program.
"I want to urge everybody that once those kits are available, we need to get those others ones off of the streets and back to the actual supplier," said Zgodzinski.
The health department says despite the recall, they still stand by the product.
They are asking that any kits purchased from their pharmacy that match the recall be returned for replacement early next week.
A product exchange for kits obtained from Ohio Pharmacy Services will only be made for the lot numbers included in the list.
Customers who have recalled kits should return them to where they were originally purchased.
Although Teleflex Medical has not established a date when it will release a new product, alternative forms of naloxone may be available.
Anyone in need of a replacement should click here for a list of pharmacies that may have it in stock – People should also call the pharmacy to confirm the availability.
Please call the Ohio Department of Health's toll-free hotline at 1-844-364-4063 with questions about the recall.