Source: MHRA / Gov.uk 30.11.23
AstraZeneca UK Ltd. has informed the MHRA of an issue related to the expiry dates for certain batches of Fluenz Tetra. This recall provides further advice on the safe use of the product up to the amended expiry date.
AstraZeneca UK Ltd.
Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension PLGB 17901/034
|Printed Expiry Date
|Amended Expiry Date
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient: Reassortant influenza virus (live attenuated), details relating to the four strains can be found in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC): https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3296/smpc
Brief description of the problem
AstraZeneca UK Ltd. has informed the MHRA that, following routine stability analysis, the printed expiry date for the listed batches of Fluenz Tetra nasal spray suspension is incorrect. Due to the outcome of the ongoing analysis, the expiry dates for batches TH2127, TH2127B, TH3110, TH3110B, TJ2290 and TJ2290B need to be reduced by up to 5 days as a precautionary measure. The products may be safely administered up to the amended expiry date. The amended expiry dates are included in the table above.
Advice for healthcare professionals
The advice for healthcare professionals includes specific actions on continuing to use the vaccines up until the amended expiry date. Disseminate this information within 5 days, ensure any of the above batches are identified and used within the amended expiry date. After the amended expiry date, any unused products should be quarantined for return. This timeframe relates to acknowledging the information contained within the alert and ensuring that no vaccines are administered after the amended expiry date.
• Healthcare professionals, specifically those involved in the administration of this vaccine should continue to use the vaccine as directed. The vaccines may be administered safely up to the amended expiry date. Batches administered before the amended expiry date are fully effective.
• Except for the amended expiry date, there are no other changes to the product information.
• Any stock that has not been administered before the amended expiry date should be quarantined. All quarantined stock should be returned to your supplier using your supplier’s approved process. For stock return enquiries, please contact Movianto Customer Care on 01234 587207 or Moviantouk.NHSCC@movianto.com; For stock return enquiries in Northern Ireland, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advice for patients and their representatives
No further action is required by patients as this is a Pharmacy and Wholesaler level recall. Fluenz Tetra is administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Healthcare professionals will ensure that these batches are not used after the amended expiry date; if there is any concern, discuss this alert with the administering healthcare professional. The products may be safely administered up to the amended expiry date. In the unlikely event that you receive the vaccination after the amended expiry date, it should not cause harm, but it may be less effective against one of the four strains of flu included in the vaccine.
Patients who experience adverse reactions or have any questions about the medication, should seek medical attention. Any suspected adverse reactions should also be reported via the MHRA Yellow Card scheme.
For medical information enquiries please contact AstraZeneca Medical Information medical.informationUK@astrazeneca.com or call 0800 783 0033.
Please refer to your respective health departments in Scotland and Northern Ireland for guidance on obtaining more vaccine if required.
Recipients of this Medicines Recall should bring it to the attention of relevant contacts by copy of this notice. NHS regional teams are asked to forward this to community pharmacists and dispensing general practitioners for information.
Defective Medicines Report Centre
10 South Colonnade
Telephone +44 (0)20 3080 6574
Please also see the Direct Healthcare Professional Letter for further guidance
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