Veterinary Insulin Syringe Recall

Med-Vet International has issued a voluntary recall for insulin syringes distributed across the United States. The 1/2cc U-40 syringes were labeled incorrectly. The affected syringes were labeled as 40 units per 1/2 cc when they are actually 20 units per 1/2 cc. If used as labeled, only half the desired dose of insulin will be administered to the patient. Under dosage usually results in hyperglycemia. The most common clinical signs of hyperglycemia (increased blood glucose levels) are increased thirst and urination. So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not reporting any injured patients.

If you used Med-Vet International 1/2 cc U-40 with 29 gauge 1/2 inch needles, please check the packaging. Lot number 20120610 with an item number of MV1/2CCINS-40 or 1/2CCINS-40 by Oasis are the problem syringes. Please contact the company at 1-800-544-7521 or for further information. 


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.