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FDA Medwatch Alert: Pharmacist Choice Alcohol Prep Pads by Simple Diagnostics: Recall - Lack of Sterility Assurance and Other Quality Issues

Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

[Posted 12/05/2017] ISSUE: Simple Diagnostics is voluntarily recalling three lots of Pharmacist Choice Alcohol Prep Pads (UPC # 898302001050, NDC # 98302-0001-05), which were manufactured by Foshan Flying Medical Products Co. Ltd., located in China, due to the lack of sterility assurance and other quality issues. The affected lots are: SD2070421201 (Exp. 12/2019) SD2070420925 (Exp. 09/2019) ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Alcohol Pads or Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic Towelettes by Foshan Flying Medical Products: FDA Alert - Lack of Sterility Assurance and Other Quality Issues

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

[Posted 09/01/2017] ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients not to use alcohol pads or benzalkonium chloride antiseptic towelettes made by Foshan Flying Medical Products Co. Ltd., located in China, due to the lack of sterility assurance and other quality issues. These products are distributed by Total Resources International, Walnut, ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Chlorhexidine Gluconate: Drug Safety Communication - Rare But Serious Allergic Reactions

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning that rare but serious allergic reactions have been reported with the widely used skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate. Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for a data summary. As a result, FDA is requesting the manufacturers ...

FDA Issues Proposed Rule to Address Data Gaps for Certain Active Ingredients in Health Care Antiseptics

Posted 30 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

April 30, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a proposed rule requesting additional scientific data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in health care antiseptics marketed under the over-the-counter drug monograph. “Health care antiseptics are an important component of infection control strategies in hospitals, clinics and other h ...

Could Household Bleach Raise Kids' Risk for Flu, Other Infections?

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – A ubiquitous cleaning agent in most American homes – bleach – might increase children's risk for flu, tonsillitis and other infections, a European study suggests. The effect was modest and the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers said that because millions of homes use bleach or products containing bleach every day, the effect on kids ...

Kitchen Towels Can Make You Sick

Posted 26 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 – Hand towels are the top contamination hazard in the kitchen, according to a new study. Cellphones are another potential source of kitchen cross-contamination, the researchers found. Cross-contamination refers to the accidental transfer of potentially hazardous germs from one surface to another. Kansas State University researchers asked 123 people to prepare a recipe ...

Public Restrooms No Germier Than Your Home, Study Finds

Posted 8 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 – Many people envision public restrooms as filthy and crawling with nasty germs, but they're actually as healthy as the average room in your home, a new study reports. Microbiologists tracking bacteria and viruses in four public restrooms found that most of the bacteria present came from human skin and outdoor environments. Illness-causing fecal bacteria were present in the ...

Health Tip: When to Wash Your Hands

Posted 4 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Hand washing helps prevent the spread of germs, and is particularly important at certain times. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these examples: Before, during and after preparing food, and before you eat. Before and after you care for a person who is sick or has an open wound. After you use the toilet, help a child with the toilet or change a diaper. After you ...

Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds

Posted 21 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 – Those air-blown hand dryers in public restrooms may spread far more germs than conventional paper towels, a new study suggests. British researchers placed a harmless type of bacteria on the hands of volunteers in order to simulate poorly washed hands. They then had them use warm-air dryers, high-powered "jet-air" dryers or paper towels to dry their hands. The ...

Hospital Workers Wash Hands Less at End of Shift, Study Finds

Posted 12 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 – Health workers in hospitals wash their hands less often as they near the end of their shift, a new study has found. And this lapse – likely due to mental fatigue – could contribute to hundreds of thousands of patient infections a year in the United States, the researchers noted. The study examined three years of hand-washing data from more than 4,000 caregivers at 35 ...

Study Finds Hospital Patients Don't Wash Their Hands Enough

Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 – Hospital patients don't wash their hands often, even when they use the restroom or eat meals, potentially increasing their risk of getting an infection, a new study shows. "This is important because getting patients to wash their hands more could potentially reduce their risk of picking up infections in the hospital," principal investigator Dr. Jocelyn Srigley, an ...

Health Tip: Scrub Hands Thoroughly

Posted 22 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

-- To get rid of germs on your hands, you should make sure you're washing properly. The World Health Organization offers these handwashing guidelines: Get your hands completely wet, then squirt enough soap to cover the entire surface of your hands. Rub your hands together palm to palm, then rub palms over the backs of the opposite hands. Rub palms together with fingers laced, then bend fingers ...

Classroom Hand Sanitizers Don't Curb Absences, Study Finds

Posted 12 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 – Placing hand sanitizer dispensers in classrooms doesn't reduce student absences, according to new research. The study included children in 68 New Zealand primary schools who received a 30-minute lesson in hand hygiene. In addition, some of the schools had alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers installed in the classrooms over two winters. Students were asked to use the ...

In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections

Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 – Extremely premature babies are less likely to develop infections when medical staff wear gloves after washing their hands, compared with just hand washing, a new study finds. Researchers looked at infections and cases of so-called necrotizing enterocolitis – tissue death in the intestines – among 120 extremely preterm babies in a neonatal intensive care unit at one ...

'Fist Bump' May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around. In their experiments, the scientists found that clasping hands transferred 10 times more germs from one person to the other than what is known as a fist bump. They suggest the more casual exchange might suffice as a cultural substitute for the firm gripping of ...

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