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January 8th, 2011, 01:10 AM
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Crazy how this sounds.. But there's been a recall on Alcohol Pads..

I don't have diabetes anymore, but wanted to share this information with you. I remember those days pricking my fingers 4 times a day.. I always used alcohol pads.. I can't imagine worrying about alcohol resistant bacteria being in them..

Healthcare professionals and consumers should stop using all alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks manufactured by Triad Group and sold under private labels at the consumer level, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA and Triad Group announced a recall of the products Friday. The recall stems from concerns about possible contamination with Bacillus cereus. The FDA states that using contaminated products could lead to life-threatening infections, especially for surgical patients and those with compromised immune systems. The recall encompasses products marked as “STERILE,” as well as non-sterile products.

The recalled lots are available for purchase in retail pharmacies in boxes of 100 individually-packaged packets. The affected lots list either Triad Group as the manufacturer or the name of one of the following third parties on their packaging: Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Utilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS or Conzellin.

Full refunds are available to anyone who returns the recalled products. The FDA says healthcare professionals and patients should report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm.

A Triad Group news release states: “This recall has been initiated due to concerns from a customer about potential contamination of the products with an objectionable organism. We are, out of an abundance of caution, recalling these lots to ensure that we are not the source of these contamination issues.”
FDA Announces Recall of Alcohol Prep Pads, Swabs, Swabsticks | National Nursing News

All lots of isopropyl alcohol prep pads, swabs, and swabsticks made by Triad Group have been recalled because of possible contamination by Bacillus cereus bacteria.
The products were all manufactured by Triad Group but have been marketed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe under a number of different labels, including:
  • Cardinal Health
  • PSS Select
  • VersaPro
  • Boca/Ultilet
  • Moore Medical
  • Walgreens
  • CVS
  • Conzellin
The recall was initiated following a report of a non-life threatening skin infection, according to a statement from Triad Group.
The products are sold at wholesale, hospital, and retail pharmacies. Consumers can purchase them in retail pharmacies in boxes of 100.
Instructions for how to return the recalled products are available by calling the Wisconsin-based company at 262-538-2900.
Medical News: Tainted Alcohol Pads Recalled - in Product Alert, Devices and Vaccines from MedPage Today

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January 8th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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wow-tfs---------that's really scary considering how many are being used in hospitals right now

I don't use alcohol for anything, glucs or insulin, recommended not to

Lucky mother to five!

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January 10th, 2011, 04:23 AM
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Wow, I use the walgreens ones. Thats crazy.
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January 10th, 2011, 07:29 AM
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Thanks for the info, I am going to repost this on the main board since there are a few gals who use injectable blood thinners. Thanks!

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