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Nurse Assist has issued a nationwide recall for all unexpired lots of its IV flush syringes over potential contamination with Burkholderia cepacia (“B. cepacia”), an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that causes severe infection in patients with certain health problems.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed an infection after using an I.V. flush syringe, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Liquid Stool Softeners Recalled for B. Cepacia Contamination

Rugby Laboratories is recalling its Diocto liquid and Diocto syrup laxatives over potential contamination with B. cepacia, according to an FDA Recall Notice issued Tuesday. The agency notified Rugby of the problem after receiving several reports of infection in patients who had used the laxatives.

Which Products are Affected by the Recall?

All unexpired Nurse Assist I.V. Flush Syringes from the following lots and part numbers are being recalled:

Product Code           Product Description
1203                           IV Flush Syringe, 3 ml fill
1205                           IV Flush Syringe, 5 ml fill
1210                           IV Flush Syringe, 10 ml fill
1210-BP                     IV Flush Syringe, 10 ml fill

This information is found on the outer case panel, back panel of the inner carton and on each syringe label. Affected products were distributed from February 16, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

What is B. Cepacia?

B. cepacia is a type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria commonly found in the soil and water, according to the CDC. While it poses little threat to healthy adults, B. cepacia can cause severe infection in patients with compromised immune systems or chronic lung diseases like cystic fibrosis.

In addition to being linked to Nurse Assist I.V. Flush Syringes, outbreaks of B. cepacia have been associated with: antiseptic wipes, baby wipes, barrier cream cloths, mouthwash and stool softeners.


Signs and symptoms of B. cepacia infection typically include varying degrees of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

FDA Recommendation

FDA urges all healthcare facilities with affected Nurse Assist I.V. Flush Syringes to discontinue use and return them to the supplier. Recalled products can be returned for credit by contacting the manufacturer.

B. Cepacia Infections Linked to Nurse Assist Flush Syringes Reported in New Jersey

At least 13 people in New Jersey have recently developed B. cepacia infections associated with an outbreak linked to contaminated IV flush syringes made by Nurse Assist. The New Jersey Department of Health last month issued alerts to long-term healthcare facilities about potential B. cepacia contamination in flush syringes from the Texas-based supplier. The agency urged providers to discontinue use of the products immediately.

Do I Have a Flush Syringe Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in I.V. flush syringe lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new B. cepacia infection cases in all 50 states.

Again, if you or a loved one was injured, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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