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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, California, and Simple Diagnostics Inc., Williston Park, New York. The use of these alcohol pads and antiseptic towelettes could cause infections. BACKGROUND: FDA initially contacted Foshan on May 25, 2017, regarding a recall, and had several follow-up meetings with the company. However, Foshan has not taken action to remove its alcohol pads or antiseptic towelettes from the market. FDA placed all drug products made by Foshan on import alert on May 23, 2107, to stop these products from entering the ... Read more

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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 of over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate to add a warning about this risk to the Drug Facts labels. BACKGROUND: Chlorhexidine gluconate is mainly available in OTC products to clean and prepare the skin before surgery and before injections in order to help reduce bacteria that potentially can cause skin infections. These products are available as solutions, washes, sponges, and swabs and under many different brand names and as generics. Chlorhexidine ... Read more

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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 health care settings, and remain a standard of care to prevent illness and the spread of infection,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “The FDA recommends that health care personnel continue to use these products consistent with infection control guidelines while additional data are gathered.” Health care antiseptics are primarily used by health care professionals in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, outpatient settings and nursing ho ... Read more

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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 worldwide could be significant. "The high frequency of use of disinfecting cleaning products, caused by the erroneous belief, reinforced by advertising, that our homes should be free of microbes, makes the modest effects reported in our study of public health concern," the researchers wrote. The study was led by Lidia Casas of the Center for Environment and Health at KU Leuven in Leuven, the Netherlands. Her team looked at more than 9,000 children, aged 6 to 12, in the Netherlands, Finland and Spain. ... Read more

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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 using either raw ground beef or chicken, along with a ready-to-eat fruit salad. The participants did the food preparation in a kitchen set up on the campus. A harmless type of bacteria was placed in the raw beef and chicken in order to trace levels of meat-associated contamination spread during meal preparation. "First, participants were observed frequently handling towels, including paper towels, even when not using them for drying. Towels were determined to be the most contaminated of all the ... Read more

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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 restrooms, but represented less than 15 percent of the total bacterial population, the researchers said. And they vanished quickly. Fecal bacteria are less hearty than bacteria found on the skin, and die off faster when exposed to the cool, dry, oxygen-rich environment of a public restroom, said lead author Sean Gibbons, a graduate student of biophysical science at the University of Chicago. "Bacteria associated with skin are more able to persist. Over time, they win out," said Gibbons, who is ... Read more

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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 sneeze, cough or blow your nose. After touching or feeding an animal, or cleaning up animal waste. After handling trash. Read more

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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 investigators measured airborne bacteria levels and found higher amounts of germs around both types of dryers than around towel dispensers. Jet-air dryers were the worst, the study found. Bacteria levels in the air around jet-air dryers were 4.5 times higher than around warm air dryers and 27 times higher than around paper towel dispensers, said a team led by Mark Wilcox of the University of Leeds. His team also found that the bacteria persisted in the air around hand dryers long after they were used. ... Read more

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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 U.S. hospitals. The researchers found that compliance with hand-washing protocols fell by an average of 8.7 percent from the beginning to the end of a typical 12-hour shift. Increased work demands were associated with greater declines in hand-washing compliance rates, according to the study. Sixty-five percent of the study participants were nurses. Another 12 percent were care technicians, the study reported. Just 4 percent of those involved in the study were physicians, and the remainder ... Read more

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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 assistant professor of medicine at McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and associate medical director for infection prevention and control at Hamilton Health Sciences, said in a university news release. The study looked at almost 300 adult patients who were being treated in multi-organ transplant units in a Canadian acute care hospital. The researchers found that patients washed their hands about a third of the time in the bathroom, 40 percent of the time at meals, and only 3 ... Read more

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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 and interlock palm to palm to scrub. Grasp one thumb with the palm of the opposite hand and scrub, then do the same with the opposite. Rub the fingers of each hand back and forth on the opposite palm. Rinse hands thoroughly, dry hands with a clean towel and use the towel to turn off the faucet. Read more

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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 dispensers after coughing or sneezing and on the way out of the classroom for lunch or recess. Rates of student absences due to any illness were similar whether the classrooms had hand sanitizer dispensers or not, according to the study published Aug. 12 in the journal PLoS Medicine. "The provision of hand sanitizers in addition to usual hand hygiene in primary schools in New Zealand did not prevent disease of severity sufficient to cause school absence," wrote Patricia Priest and colleagues ... Read more

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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 hospital. The infants were younger than 8 days old and weighed less than 1,000 grams (2 pounds, 3 ounces) and/or were delivered before 29 weeks of pregnancy. Sixty of the infants were cared for by medical staff who wore nonsterile gloves after hand washing, while the other 60 were cared for by medical staff who used hand washing alone. Late-onset infections (more than 72 hours after birth) or necrotizing enterocolitis occurred in 32 percent of infants in the hand washing/gloves group and in 45 ... Read more

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'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 hands. The findings are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. "Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transmission of infectious diseases between individuals," corresponding author David Whitworth, a researcher with the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, said in a journal news release. "It is unlikely that a no-contact greeting could supplant the ... Read more

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Health Care Workers Wash Hands More When Patients Watching

Posted 8 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 – Next time you're in the hospital, keep an eye out for hygiene practices: Health care workers are more likely to wash their hands if patients are asked to monitor them, according to a new study. It details an 11-month pilot project at the Family Practice Health Center at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Patients were asked to observe and record the hand hygiene habits of their health care providers, who were aware that they were being watched. During the project, nearly 97 percent of the health care workers washed their hands before direct contact with their patients, according to the study in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. The researchers also found that 58 percent of health care providers said they changed their hand hygiene practices, 88 percent said they were more motivated to wash their hands and 33 percent said they had ... Read more

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