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Ortho Biotech, L.P. and Centocor, Inc. Alert Authorized Distributors and Prescribing Physicians About Stolen Product
Date:5/15/2008

HORSHAM, Pa., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- JOM Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (JOM), a service coordinator that provides delivery services and customer support to Centocor, Inc. and Ortho Biotech, L.P., was notified May 6, 2008, that a transport trailer carrying DOXIL(R) (doxorubicin HCl liposome injection), PROCRIT(R) (epoetin alfa) and REMICADE(R) (infliximab) was stolen while the driver was traveling from a distribution center in Kentucky to a specialty distributor. This incident has been reported to local and federal law enforcement offices, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; however, the transport trailer and product have not yet been recovered.

To ensure patient safety, Centocor and Ortho Biotech are voluntarily withdrawing products with lot numbers matching those of the stolen product from the market and communicating this action to all authorized distributors and all prescribing physicians, healthcare providers, and patients.

If the stolen product were to be reintroduced into distribution channels, the companies cannot guarantee that products were stored at appropriate temperatures, nor can the companies guarantee the products were not damaged. A voluntary withdrawal of products with lot numbers corresponding to that of the stolen product minimizes the possibility of inadvertent use of stolen product by physicians and, therefore, the overall risk to patients.

On May 7, 2008, JOM discontinued shipment of products with lot numbers matching those of the stolen product. Healthcare providers and patients that did receive product shipped from an authorized distributor on or before this date should consider the product safe for use. Healthcare providers and patients that are concerned about products shipped after this date with the following NDC and lot numbers can return the product by contacting the companies at (888) 626-5660:

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