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April 21, 2011 11:16 ET

Triad Group Manufactured Health Products Continue to be Recalled from the Canadian Market

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2011) - Following potential bacterial contamination or inadequate sterilization of products in the United States, the Triad Group, including their Canadian importers and distributors, have voluntarily initiated a series of recalls of a number of products used by consumers throughout North America. The recall of Triad Group manufactured products began in early January 2011.

Triad Group manufactured products being voluntarily recalled from the Canadian market include alcohol swabsticks, swabs, prep pads and lubricating jelly. Alcohol swabsticks, swabs and prep pads are used to cleanse or disinfect a particular area of the body. Lubricating jelly is used to lubricate body orifices for the insertion of medical devices, such as catheters.

As a result of these recalls, Health Canada has been working with a multitude of companies, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of the Triad Group's affected products. To this end, we have been monitoring the various recalls from the Canadian market and regularly informing (see list below) Canadians and Canadian healthcare practitioners.

Some of the affected Triad Group manufactured health products are co-packaged with drugs and lubricating jelly and included in medical kits. It is important to note that only the Triad Group manufactured products are being recalled.

Health Canada would also like to remind Canadians that they may wish to consult with their health care practitioner if they, or any member of their family, are currently using alcohol swabsticks, swabs, prep pads and lubricating jelly to determine if they have been manufactured by the Triad Group and about alternatives on the Canadian market.

Should any new products or issues be identified, Health Canada will continue to update our current list of affected products (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_61pl-eng.php). Canadians are advised to monitor this list of affected products for any possible updates on Triad Group manufactured products or recalls.

Related Health Canada Web content:

- Notice to Hospitals (April 6, 2011): RUSCH Irrigation Trays - Potential Contamination of Co-Packaged Alcohol Prep Pads (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/advisories-avis/prof/_2011/rusch_irrigation_tray-plateau_nth-aah-eng.php)

- Information Update (February 17, 2011): Important Information: Additional Recalled Lubricating Jelly Products (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_26-eng.php)

- Information Update ( February 4, 2011): Important Information: Additional Health Products Co-packaged with Recalled Alcohol Prep Pads (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_21-eng.php)

- Information Update (January 14, 2011): Bowers Medical Ltd. Recalls a Number of Triad Products (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_06-eng.php)

- Information Update (January 12, 2011): Important Information for Multiple Sclerosis Patients: COPAXONE® Co-packaged with Recalled Alcohol Prep Pads (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_04-eng.php)

- Information Update (January 11, 2011): Important Information: Shandex Sales Group Urgently Recalls Alcohol Swabs (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_02-eng.php)

To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/ar-ei_form-eng.php) and send to us using one of these methods:

  • Fax: 1-866-678-6789
  • Internet: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect
  • Mail: Canada Vigilance Program
    Marketed Health Products Directorate
    Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701E
    K1A 0K9

Complaints involving medical devices co-packaged with Triad's Lubricating Jelly or the Alcohol Prep pads can be reported to the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-267-9675, or by writing to:

Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate
Health Canada
Address Locator: 2003D
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

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