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Sierra Heparin syringe lawsuits filed by injured users

Harvey Kirk

At least five Sierra Heparin syringe lawsuits have been filed by individuals who were seriously injured by a contaminated pre-filled syringe. Thousands of Heparin pre-filled syringes and Saline pre-filled syringes have been recalled over the past thirty days after it was discovered that they could be contaminated with a bacteria which could lead to serious and potentially fatal infections. The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Heparin syringe lawsuits for individuals who have required medical treatment as a result of an infection after using a pre-filled syringe.

An initial recall was issued on December 20, 2007 for one lot of Sierra Pre-filled Heparin syringes which are often used at home to flush catheters and intravenous lines during the treatment of cancer and other ailments which require a long-term or permanent IV. On January 18, the syringe recall was expanded to include all pre-filled Saline and Heparin syringes manufactured by AM2 PAT, Inc., which could be sold under the brand names “Sierra Pre-Filled” or “B. Braun”.

>>PRIOR POST (1/20/2008): Saline and Heparin Pre-Filled Syringe Recall Expanded

The pre-filled syringes could be contaminated with a bacteria known as Serratia marcencens. The use of the syringes could cause Serratia related sepsis, or an infection, with symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea


Sierra pre-filled Heparin syringe lawsuits allege that the manufacturer negligently allowed the contaminated syringes to be sold because they did not have adequate controls in place to ensure that the syringes were sterile. An investigation by the CDC has confirmed that some of the prefilled Heparin syringes were contaminated with Serratia marcescens, and an FDA inspection of the facility where the pre-filled syringes were made found that the manufacturer was not in compliance with federal regulations.

If you, a friend or family member have experienced problems after using a B. Braun or Sierra Pre-filled Heparin or Saline syringe, request a free claim evaluation.

4 Comments Add Your Comments

  1. While I was pregnant with my now 3 year old daughter, I had to be given a nephrostomy tube for 14 weeks. (August-October27th) Every day I needed to flush the tube with a prefilled saline syringe. I still have one, and it says “Tyco Healthcare” “Kendall” and “monoject prefill advanced” I’m not sure if this is the same product, but I was plagued with kidney infections from day one till I gave birth, and was constantly on antibiotics. At 5 days old she was re-admitted to the hospital because her blood work was questionable. She had salmonella, and dropped to a scary 4lbs. I’m not sure if I used this brand. If you can give me any info on it, I’d appreciate it! Thanks, Brandy and Piper Kelley

  2. I’m sorry, she’s 3 MONTHS old, not three years.

  3. Lara Simmons says:

    This is for Brandy.
    The syringe you had did not contain heparin. Heparin lock and flush solutiosn are used for IV catheters. Your’s had sterile saline which is typical for a urological catheter.

  4. I had a masectomy and right after this surgery I had reconstruction surgery to the right breast and stomach and naval. I had infections and then my reconstruction breast fell off and my stomache had a huge hole in itthat traveled to my naval after 60 days of not healing. I even had a wound vac admistered to me. I was given the sierra heparin that is contaminated.I now have had many kidney infections, and nasua all the time.

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