MHRA Class 3 Medicines Recall: Fluenz® Tetra nasal spray suspension (AstraZeneca UK Ltd)

Drug alert number: EL (23)A/39

Date issued: 30 November 2023

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 3 medicines recall for: Fluenz® Tetra nasal spray suspension PLGB 17901/034

SNOMED Code: 27114211000001105

Batch Number Printed Expiry Date Amended Expiry Date Pack Size First Distributed
TH2127 28-Dec-23 23-Dec-23 10 sprayers 30-Aug-23
TH2127B 28-Dec-23 23-Dec-23 10 sprayers 30-Aug-23
TH3110 01-Jan-24 28-Dec-23 10 sprayers 01-Sep-23
TH3110B 02-Jan-24 29-Dec-23 10 sprayers 01-Sep-23
TJ2290B 10-Jan-24 05-Jan-24 10 sprayers 11-Sep-23
TJ2290 11-Jan-24 06-Jan-24 10 sprayers 11-Sep-23

 

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 contact.nireland@movianto.com.

Full drug alert can be viewed here.

Advice for patients and carers

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.

Further Information

For medical information enquiries please contact AstraZeneca Medical Information medical.informationUK@astrazeneca.com or call 0800 783 0033.

Fluenz Tetra remains available to order by NHS providers of the children’s flu programme in England and Wales via the ImmForm website (Helpdesk: 0207 183 8580 or Helpdesk@immform.org.uk).

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