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FDA Announces Recall of Triad Alcohol Prep Pads, Swabs and Swabsticks

January 11, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified consumers and health care professionals of a nationwide recall of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks manufactured by Triad Group but sold under private labels in retail pharmacies.

Triad initiated the voluntary recall because of concerns that the products may have been contaminated by the bacteria Bacillus cereus. The recalled products are used for disinfection.

Use of contaminated alcohol prep pads, swabs and swabsticks could increase the risk of infection for individuals with weakened or suppressed immune systems and in those who have cuts, rashes or other compromised skin conditions. The bacteria is not associated with increased risk for lung infections in people with CF.

The recalled products should not be used to disinfect skin and IV ports before an injection or any other devices and equipment, such as vials for inhaling medicines.

The products affected by the recall can be identified either by “Triad Group” listed as the manufacturer on the packaging, or by the names below used on the packaging:

  • Walgreens
  • CVS
  • Cardinal Health
  • PSS Select
  • VersaPro
  • Boca/Ultilet
  • Moore Medical
  • Conzellin

The products were distributed in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Consumers who have any of the recalled products should discontinue using them and call Triad Group Customer Service at 262-538-2900 for instructions on returning the products and receiving a full refund. The hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Central time), Monday through Friday.

For more information on the recall, read the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Summary, including a link to the manufacturer's recall press release.

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