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Amgen, J&J Recall Epogen, Procrit Tainted by Glass

Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson recalled certain lots of the anemia drugs Epogen and Procrit that may be contaminated with glass shards that flake off vials into the medicines.

The “extremely thin glass flakes” are “barely visible” and aren’t likely to harm patients, Amgen spokeswoman Emma Hurley said in a telephone interview. The companies haven’t received any complaints of side effects and don’t anticipate that patients will lose access to the drugs, she said. Patients should contact their doctors about any drug-related problems, Amgen said.