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Medical Advisory #412: Recall of Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs and Alcohol Swabsticks Due to Potential Bacterial Contamination

January 11, 2011

The FDA and Triad Group, Inc., a manufacturer of over-the-counter alcohol swabs, have recalled lots of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks that have private labels but are all manufactured by Triad Group, Inc. The products are marked as sterile and nonsterile. For a list of the third parties on the label, read the FDA release.

The reason for the recall is a potential contamination of these products with Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that causes food poisoning. Use of these products can be life threatening, especially for immune suppressed and surgical patients. If any of your alcohol swab products list the Triad Group, Inc., as the manufacturer, do not use them. Return them to the product distributor. Contact your hemophilia treatment center or healthcare provider if you have used any of these products and are experiencing any adverse side effects, such as fever or other signs of infection.

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