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Alco-Prep swabs recalled

Anyone who uses Alco-Prep pre-injection cleansing swabs is being advised that some products are being recalled. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an alert for Alco-Prep alcohol skin preparation pads, swabs and swabsticks. The recall is due to potential bacterial contamination of swabs which may lead to skin infection.

Which products are affected?

The products affected were manufactured by H&W cv from September 2007 up to and including April 2010. The affected batches have lot numbers beginning with ‘7’ up to and including those beginning with ‘0D’, which represents the date of manufacture. These numbers are indicated on each alcohol pad pouch.

The products are also supplied in drug administration kits and needle exchange packs by Frontier Medical Group, MSD/(Schering Plough) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK. This recall is confined to the alcohol swabs and does not affect the medicines or other components of the drug administration kits or needle exchange packs.

Advice is not to use the products

Notice of the recall has been widely distributed to healthcare professionals.

Diabetes UK does not recommend the use of swabs prior to insulin injections, but if people do have these products at home they are advised not to use them and to use an alternative method of skin preparation instead.

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