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FDA: Triad Alcohol Prep Pads, Swabs, Swabsticks Recalled

Products recalled due to concerns regarding potential contamination with Bacillus cereus

FRIDAY, Jan. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Triad Group have notified health care professionals and consumers of a recall of all lots of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks manufactured by the company but sold as private labels at the consumer level due to concerns regarding potential contamination with Bacillus cereus.

The prep pads, swabs, and swabsticks are used to disinfect before an injection. The recall was issued because the use of microbial contaminated products could lead to life-threatening infections, especially among groups such as immune-compromised and surgical patients.

The recalled lots were distributed in the United States to retail pharmacies and packaged in individual packets; they are sold in retail pharmacies in a box of 100 packets. The products were also distributed in Canada and Europe. The recalled alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks may be identified by either "Triad Group" listed as the manufacturer or by a third party, including Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/ Ultilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS, or Conzellin.

According to the FDA, "if a consumer has any of these types of products in their possession listing 'Triad Group' as the manufacturer, they should not use the product and should return it to the place it was purchased for a full refund."

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