Med-Vet Issues Limited Recall of Insulin Syringes

140 boxes of U-40 1/2cc insulin syringes have been recalled.

140 boxes of U-40 1/2cc insulin syringes have been recalled.

Medical products distributor Med-Vet International is voluntarily recalling 140 boxes of mislabeled veterinary insulin syringes.

The Oasis syringes were labeled with 40 units per 0.5cc when they should have been marked with only 20 units per 0.5cc, Med-Vet reported today.

The mix-up could lead to lower than prescribed insulin doses, the Mettawa, Ill., company stated. Animals receiving subtherapeutic doses of insulin may show signs of hyperglycemia, including dehydration, an increase in thirst, urination, malaise or lethargy, and urinary tract infections.

No injuries have been reported, Med-Vet added.

The recall involves the Oasis 0.5cc U-40 insulin syringe with a 29-gauge, half-inch needle. The lot number is 20120610, and the item number is MV1/2CCINS-40 or 1/2CCINS-40.

The syringes were distributed from January 2013 to February 2014 to veterinarians, consumers, animal hospitals, animal shelters and farmers, Med-Vet stated.

The company is fielding questions by telephone at 800-544-7521 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST and by email at


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