The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have both issued warnings against the use of alcohol prep pads made by H&P Industries, Inc., which does business as the Triad Group of Hartland, Wis. The pads may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus, a harmful bacterium. The FDA has inspected the manufacturer several times before and had previously noted some breeches in quality control. The FDA inspectors reported that Triad could not verify the processes it used to ensure the sterility of their alcohol prep pads, along with several other products. There was also evidence that even when the company knew that a product did not meet safety standards, it was sent out for distribution anyway. Despite having concerns, the FDA did not issue formal warning letters and allowed Triad to voluntarily comply.
After reports of several hospital patients contracting infections linked to the alcohol prep pads, the FDA launched another investigation and the Triad Group issued a recall. The recall involves all lots of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks which were distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. The recall includes products that were sent out for use in medical facilities as well as those packaged for retail. The retail products are privately labeled for companies such as Walgreens, Safeway, Kroger, CVS, and the Target brand Up and Up. For more information on which items are a part of the recall, visit www.triad-group.net/media/pdf/Recal_Facts.pdf.
Several patients and families of patients across the U.S. have filed suits against the Triad Group for injuries and even a death associated with use of the contaminated wipes. Under the law, they may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills and the ongoing care they need due to complications from the infection. Kentucky product liability attorney Tad Thomas is currently investigating cases involving contaminated alcohol prep pads.