Medication Alert!- Vancomycin Injection Source of Origin

posted Jun 5, 2017, 12:09 AM by Izam Ezri Mohd Zakaria   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 12:12 AM ]
27th May  2017 ( Circular NO. SP PPUM: 193/2017):
UMMC has been reliably informed that our current stock of Vancomycin 500mg Injection produced by Hospira Inc. USA (now supplied by Pfizer (M) Sdn Bhd) is of Porcine Origin.

Inpatient Pharmacy has taken the initiative to add a supplementary label, "Porcine Source" , onto each Vancomycin Injection vial to alert the healthcare providers of this fact at point of use in the wards where the product is widely available.

Outside of a life threatening emergency, the consent of a Muslim patient must be obtained prior to using Vancomycin Injection.

It is essential that this matter be explained to the Muslim patient and / or their caregivers as per Guidelines DS-0520 shown below (click on image to view larger version).

All healthcare providers in UMMC should be on the alert and check before giving Muslim patients a dose of Vancomycin Injection.