Smith & Nephew recalls antiseptic wipes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Smith & Nephew's advanced wound management division on Saturday announced a U.S. voluntary nationwide recall of selected lots of IV PREP antiseptic wipes (product No. 59421200), manufactured for Smith & Nephew by the Triad Group, due to concerns about potential microbial contamination with Bacillus cereus.

Use of contaminated alcohol prep pads, wipes and swabs could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in such at-risk populations as immune-suppressed and surgical patients.

The specific lot numbers involved in the recall are: 9K141, 9K142 and 9K143; 0F131; 0F140; 0G249; 0G255, 0G256; 0G259; 0K139, 0K140 and 0K141; 0K193; 0M180; 0M216; and 1A212 and 1A213.

The recall is related to the Triad Group’s January recall of all alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks where Triad Group was listed as the manufacturer or where the products were manufactured as private-label products for Cardinal Health, CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens, among others.

As a precautionary measure, and out of concern for patient safety, Smith & Nephew contracted an independent laboratory to test all lots of IV PREP antiseptic wipes manufactured for Smith & Nephew by the Triad Group. The results showed there is no data to suggest that Smith & Nephew's IV PREP antiseptic wipes have been compromised. To date, there have been no reported adverse events related to this voluntary recall.

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