Medical device maker Smith & Nephew Inc. is recalling more products made by the Triad Group Inc. of Wisconsin, saying they could be contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria. The new recall includes two types of products: wipes used to protect the skin before medical tapes and films are applied, and adhesive removers that can clean residues from the skin, according to the company. The products, including UNI-SOLVE Adhesive Remover Wipes, are widely used by diabetics and others who require daily medication. The move expands again the recall of products manufactured and distributed by H&P Industries Inc. and the Triad Group Inc. of Hartland, Wis., which were shuttered by the FDA. On April 6, U.S. Marshals seized more than $6 million in medical supplies made by the twin family-owned firms.
H&P Industries products have been cited in at least three lawsuits that blame contaminated alcohol prep pads for serious injuries and a death. In January, H&P Industries launched a recall of all lots of alcohol wipes because of the potential for contamination with Bacillus cereus. The bacteria can cause serious life-threatening infections in ill and vulnerable people. H&P Industries also has issued recalls for lubricating jelly and povidone iodine wipes.
Since early January, the FDA has received 201 reports of problems with Triad alcohol wipes, including allegations of seven deaths, 114 infections and 87 minor problems, such as rashes, according to a summary of the agency’s MedWatch reporting system. FDA officials are investigating the deaths.
Recalled products include REMOVE Universal Adhesive Remover Wipes, UNI-SOLVE Adhesive Remover Wipes, SKIN-PREP Protective Wipes, PERI-PREP Protective Wipes and NO-STING SKIN-PREP Protective Wipes. The affected product codes are 420400, 420471, 59420425, 403100, 402300, 59403125 and 59420600.
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