Lilly Announces Important Action Regarding Recall of Alcohol Prep Pads Made by Triad Group Included in Forteo Starter Kits
Posted Mar 18 2011 7:09pm
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 17, 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS, March 17, 2011 – Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today that patients should not use the alcohol prep pads made by the Triad Group that are contained in the black starter kits for Forteo® [teriparatide (rDNA origin) injection] in the United States. The Tri-ad Group is recalling the alcohol prep pads due to potential contamination with the bacteria, Ba-cillus cereus, which could result in life threatening infections, especially in at-risk populations, including immune suppressed and surgical patients. It is important to note that this recall does not affect or involve the Forteo Delivery Device. The starter kits did not contain the Forteo Delivery Device.
Some Forteo starter kits distributed by Eli Lilly and Company between March 2008 and June 2009 may have contained Triad Group alcohol prep pads. The Triad alcohol prep pads should not be used. The Forteo starter kits that contained the Triad alcohol prep pads were black bags and were discontinued in June 2009. The Forteo starter kits have been updated since June 2009. The bags are now blue, do not include Triad alcohol prep pads, nor any other alcohol prep pad.
Lilly has requested that physicians and their staff examine their inventory of Forteo starter kits and remove and appropriately discard the Triad Group alcohol prep pads in the black bags. Lil-ly has also requested that physicians inform any patients who may have received Forteo starter kits containing Triad Group alcohol prep pads to discontinue use of the pads.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of the Triad alcohol prep pads may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.