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FDA Announces Recall of Alcohol Prep Pads, Swabs, Swabsticks From Triad–FDA and Manufacturers Should Ashamed-Campaign for

Posted Jan 07 2011 9:12pm

This is by far the biggest neglect of both the FDA and drug/medical device and over the counter healthcare products!!  Have you ever tried to return image a product to a retail drug store and be told “no” because it’s not on their authorized list!!  Now some of their products are used by healthcare professionals too and I looked all over the web site and as close as I could come was to find wipes or products that remove adhesive tape so I think this is what the product recall is all about that could be contaminated.  A cell phone to scan the box would soooooo simple.  image

This is another good sized recall and granted the products are not expensive but for goodness sakes we have private label stuff in here now too.  If in fact the products are not sanitary we need to have an easier way to find them on the shelves.  Look what a mess they make for the retail stores too.  image

CVS and Walgreens should join my cause here as this is just simply “tech denial” and nobody wanting to do a thing about it.  I have sent this to drug companies, the FDA, the DEA and several other deaf ears.  This is costing the retail stores money too!  Again, a good reason for them to join the cause here. 

Pharmacists love this idea too.

And yet, if I want to buy a Canon printer, I find bar codes all over the place at Best Buy!  What’s wrong with these tech denial folks!  Why can’t someone begin a pilot program to get this started.  The recall involves both sterile and non sterile products so I guess that’s takes in most of them.  Here’s the names below to look for.  Go bug your local drug store and hope you don’t get a hassle as they have their data to enter into their system so all the data matches as they want credit for the returns to the manufacturer, that’s the way business runs. 

Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Utilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS Conzellin

You can see the poll, folks want it and they work with RFID technology.

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Recalls of both medical devices and drugs are growing for a number of reasons.  First of all, we have a lot more information available today than what we have ever had and we need to capitalize on this opportunity quickly.   We read in the news every day it seems about quality control issues, devices needing software updates and image so on.  How do we get the word out quickly and efficiently?  If one has times they can certainly search the web and put out a full on effort to find all of this every day, but healthcare workers have the same problems we all have and that is time.  When human lives are involved, time is everything. Look at the the recalls from a couple weeks ago on glucose testing strips!!

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This just really burns me to see articles come out about the lack of digital literacy in the US and yet we folks at the top that won’t help enhance this and save a few lives while they are at it and we get back to “it’s for those guys over there” once more.  In other words, the illiterate live amongst the top of the ladder in the US.  I think I’m up to post #63 now on recalls!  Would somebody wake up and do something as this very doable and almost everyone wants it.  BD

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. image

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 .

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