Foreign Particles Found In Certain Products

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Health Canada reported that foreign particles such as non-latex rubber, stainless steel particles and fiber-like materials were found in some vials of 5 products made by Genzyme.

Company: Genzyme Corporation facility in Boston, U.S.

5 Products: Cerezyme (the brand name for the drug imiglucerase), Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta), Myozyme (alglucosidase alfa), Aldurazyme (laronidase) and Thyrogen® (thyrotropin alfa)

Therapeutic Use: to treat rare, inherited diseases; these products are given by injection into the bloodstream

Potential adverse reactions from using these contaminated products: include damage to blood vessels, blockage of small blood vessels, and anaphylactic, allergic or immune-mediated reactions; these reactions could be serious

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