2/28/11 Triad Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs, and Alcohol Swabsticks: Recall Due to Potential Microbial Contamination

FDA Recalls Tainted Triad Alcohol Wipes
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for Triad Alcohol Wipes.  The FDA posted a notice saying Triad was issuing an urgent recall of “all lots” of its swabs and wipes because the products might have been contaminated with the bacteria Bacillus cereus.
Bacillus cereus is a gram positive bacteria listed by the FDA as a bad bug. It is typically associated with food poisoning.  Millions of wipes were sold, according to the company.  The products were distributed nationwide to pharmacies in boxes of 100 packets.
On January 5, 2011, the FDA announced the recall of Triad Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs, and Alcohol Swabsticks because they were contaminated with Bacillus cereus. These products are used to disinfect prior to an injection.  These products were distributed nationwide not only to hospitals, but also to retail pharmacies and are packaged in individual packets and sold in retail pharmacies in a box of 100 packets. The affected Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs and Alcohol Swab sticks can be identified by either “Triad Group,” listed as the manufacturer, or the products are manufactured for a third party and use the names listed below in their packaging: Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/ Ultilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS, Conzellin.
Triad also provides “prep pads and swabs” included in prepackaged drug and surgical instrument packets. Two pharmaceutical companies have issued a warning that the drug Relistor was packaged with the pads, saying there was no problem with the drug but the pads should not be used.
Triad also provides “prep pads and swabs” included in prepackaged drug and surgical instrument packets. Two pharmaceutical companies have issued a warning that the drug Relistor was packaged with the pads, saying there was no problem with the drug but the pads should not be used.  Bacillus cereus in the contaminated pads cannot be killed in the 70% alcohol solution the pads are packed in.
For the FDA’s complete recall information : http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm239319.htm

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Laura Hack

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