Pharmacy Services

Povidone Iodine Prep Pads

March 22, 2011

H&P Industries is voluntarily recalling all lots of povidone iodine prep pads. The prep pads are non-sterile and may be contaminated with Elizabethkingia meningoseptica. The affected products were manufactured by H&P Industries and sold as private label products. The affected povidone iodine prep pads may list any of the following names on the product packaging: Cardinal Health, Medical Specialties, VHA, Triad, Triad Plus, North Safety, and Total Resources (see label photo link below).

The affected products were sold nationwide to healthcare consumers in boxes of 100 individually-wrapped packets. Povidone iodine is an antiseptic used on the skin prior to surgery or on minor wounds to prevent infection. Contaminated prep pads may cause serious or fatal infections, especially in neonates, surgical patients, or patients with suppressed immune systems. Currently, no infections associated with povidone iodine prep pads have been reported.

Consumers and healthcare professionals should stop using the affected povidone iodine prep pads immediately. Consumers may return product to the place of purchase for a full refund or call H&P Industries customer service at 262-538-2900 Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM Central Time. Wholesalers and hospitals should contact H&P Industries customer service at 262-538-2900 during the same business hours for a return authorization number prior to returning affected product.

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March 22, 2011; University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2011, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.