HEALTH

Smith & Nephew recalls antiseptic wipes

BY Michael Johnsen

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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Splintek wants consumers to breathe right with SleepRight

BY Michael Johnsen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Splintek Health Products recently launched its SleepRight Nasal Breathe Aid — a snore-relieving product entry into the nasal strip category that retails for a suggested $11.99.

According to the company, the product reduces snoring, relieves nasal congestion and is adhesive-free and reusable. Flexible flares expand the nasal passages to significantly increase airflow, while forming to the shape of the user’s nose for a custom, comfortable fit. Each SleepRight Breathe Aid lasts up to 15 days. 

The SleepRight brand heritage is within the dental guard segment with a no-boil product that helps prevent overnight teeth grinding.

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Pharmavite supplement unites probiotics, vitamins

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite recently introduced a new probiotic daily supplement combined with a multivitamin that may encourage regular use of probiotics. Called Nature Made Triple Probiotic, the blend includes three probiotic strains, along with vitamins A, C and E; minerals iron, magnesium and zinc; and other vitamins and minerals.

The new product, which ships this month, features Pharmavite’s proprietary Smart Release Tri-Layer caplets that ensure delivery of live probiotics to the gut and the vitamins and minerals to the stomach, where they are better absorbed. Suggested retail price is $17.59.

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