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Lilly Warns Against Use of Alcohol Prep Pads By Triad Group Included in Forteo Starter Kits

From EquityBites (March 18, 2011)

Pharmaceutical products Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) on Thursday cautioned patients not to use the alcohol prep pads made by the Triad Group that are contained in the black starter kits for Forteo [teriparatide (rDNA origin) injection] in the US.

The Triad Group is reportedly recalling the alcohol prep pads as a result of potential contamination with the bacteria, Bacillus cereus, which could result in life threatening infections, especially in at-risk populations, including immune suppressed and surgical patients.

The company said that this recall does not affect or involve the Forteo Delivery Device. The starter kits did not contain the Forteo Delivery Device.

Some Forteo starter kits distributed by Eli Lilly and Company between March 2008 and June 2009 may have contained Triad Group alcohol prep pads. The Triad alcohol prep pads should not be used. The Forteo starter kits that contained the Triad alcohol prep pads were black bags and were discontinued in June 2009.

The Forteo starter kits have been updated since June 2009. The bags are now blue, do not include Triad alcohol prep pads, nor any other alcohol prep pad.

Lilly has requested physicians and their staff to examine their inventory of Forteo starter kits and remove and appropriately discard the Triad Group alcohol prep pads in the black bags.

In addition, Lilly has also requested that physicians inform any patients who may have received Forteo starter kits containing Triad Group alcohol prep pads to discontinue use of the pads.

Forteo is used in both men and postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at high risk for having fractures.

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Posted: March 2011