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(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.) -- State Health Department officials are warning first responders and the public that the manufacturer of the MAD300 Intranasal Mucosal Atomization Device used as part of the naloxone (NARCAN) delivery system, has issued a recall for its product.

Teleflex Medical has recalled some nasal atomizers distributed in Narcan kits after Jan. 1, 2016. The Westchester County Department of Health is alerting agencies and residents to see if they have Narcan kits affected by the recall.

The spray devices are being recalled because they do not provide a consistent mist, but may instead produce a straight stream of liquid. This defect may compromise absorption of Narcan (naloxone) resulting in possible under-dosing. The Narcan provided in the kit is not part of the recall and does not need to be replaced or discarded.

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Residents who attended a Health Department Narcan training and received a Narcan kit that contains a nasal atomizer affected by the recall should call the Health Department at 914-813-5000, so that the Health Department can notify you once replacements become available. Anyone else with a defective atomizer should contact Teleflex Medical at 1-866-246-6990.

Teleflex Medical is recalling several lots of its atomizers, but only the MAD300 is used to administer Narcan. Anyone who has a Narcan kit should examine each of the two clear plastic bags in which the white, cone-shaped devices are packaged, and identify the six digit lot number which appears on the bag. Only those devices that have one of the following lot numbers are subject to the recall:

The affected MAD300 lot numbers are: 160108, 160117, 160126, 160145, 160146, 160200, 160219, 160225, 160231, 160300, 160313, 160327, 160400, 160409, 160422, 160432, 160440, 160500, 160518, 160602, 160611, 160621, 160631, 160701, 160708, 160718, 160728, 160800, 160804, 160814, 160816, 160823.

Narcan Trainings
Would you know what to do if someone overdosed? The Westchester County Health Department is offering Free life-saving Naloxone (Narcan) training for residents. When administered correctly, the nasal spray Narcan restores breathing that has been dangerously slowed by an overdose of heroin or prescription painkillers. Narcan works within a minute or two and gives emergency responders time to get the person to a hospital. Residents who participate in the free trainings learn how to administer Narcan, and are given a free Narcan kit.

"Family and friends of those struggling with addiction often feel helpless and the worst case scenario of a fatal overdose is always looming,” said Sherlita Amler, MD, Commissioner of Health, who writes the standing orders that cover the prescriptions needed for the county to participate in the New York State Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. “By learning how to reverse an overdose, family and friends can be confident they would be able to revive their loved one and give him or her time to seek treatment."

What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can revive overdose victims. Its brand name is Narcan. Naloxone (Narcan) helps restore breathing to a person who is overdosing from opioid drugs such as heroin and prescription drugs such as oxycontin, oxycodone and fentanyl. It also is used to reverse the effects of narcotic drugs used during surgery and to treat pain.

How is Naloxone (Narcan) administered?
Westchester County Department of Health offers trainings on how to administer Narcan through a nasal spray during an overdose. In a clinical setting, Narcan can be injected intravenously.
How do I find out more about Naloxone (Narcan) trainings for Law Enforcement and First Responders?
Local police departments and first responders interested in arranging for training can contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 864-7298.

There currently are over 900 Naloxone (Narcan) trained police officers in Westchester County.

How do I find out more about Naloxone (Narcan) trainings for residents?
The Westchester County Department of Health offers free Community Opioid Overdose Trainings. Trainings are comprised of a PowerPoint presentation, as well as a hands-on demonstration to ensure that participants are able to assemble the needle-less syringe used to administer Narcan. Those who complete the training will receive a free Narcan kit and will be certified to administer Narcan for two years in New York State. 

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