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Alcohol Prep Pads Recalled Due to Bacterial Contamination

In a press release, Pacific Disposables International (PDI), in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the voluntary recall of their non-sterile alcohol prep pads as a precaution for concerns over the presence of Bacillus cereus, a potentially life-threatening bacterium.

The company is initiating the recall based on “emerging concerns” from the FDA about the contamination of the prep pads. In a statement, PDI said, “This recall is precautionary and voluntary.” The recall affects roughly 300 million non-sterile alcohol prep pads used to sterilize skin before administering injectables to patients.

The recall comes in the wake of a massive recall of hundreds of millions of similar pads manufactured by the Triad Group and H&P Industries Inc. Both companies were shut down in June after concerns were raised that B. cereus found in their pads had resulted in multiple deaths and infections nationwide.

Colorado infection control director Dr. Christine Nyquist said, “Is there any place for a non-sterile alcohol prep pad in a hospital setting? We believe there isn’t.”

No infections have been linked to the current recall however, the FDA is investigating the widespread impact of these pads.

As a Bellevue personal injury attorney, I’ve seen the effects of similar recalled defective and contaminated products in the past. I hope that by sharing this information, our neighbors will be more informed of these potentially harmful products, and therefore better able to protect themselves. If you’ve been injured through the use of a contaminated or defective product, it may be in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area to learn more about your legal options.