January 6, 2011
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today a recall of certain alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks because of potential bacterial contamination.
Triad Group, a manufacturer of over the counter products is voluntarily recalling all lots, including both sterile and non-sterile, of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks because they may be contaminated with a bacteria called Bacillus cereus. These products are for disinfecting the skin before injections.
Bacillus cereus is a bacterium most often associated with food borne illnesses. However, it can cause serious and chronic skin infections. These infections can be life threatening in people with compromised immune systems such as surgical patients, cancer patients, HIV patients, infants and the elderly.
The manufacturer has received one report of a non-life threatening skin infection related to these products.
Triad Group manufactures the affected products, but labels them for third party retailers including Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/ Ultilet, Moore Medical, Conzellin and the major drugstores Walgreens and CVS. Triad Group distributed the alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks nationwide, packaged in individual packets and sold in retail pharmacies in a box of 100 packets.
Consumers should return recalled products to the retailer for a full refund or call Triad Group Customer Service at 262-538-2900 with any questions.
Consumers and physicians should report all adverse events from these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Program at http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm or by calling call 1-800-332-1088.