The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 10 confirmed cases of infection caused by Burkholderia cepacia complex linked to the use of Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam. The patients had acquired the infections while hospitalized for acute conditions. 

To date, there have been 7 cases reported in Pennsylvania, 2 in California, and 1 in New Jersey. 

In March there was a voluntary recall of Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam (4oz and 8oz) that were positive for presence of B. cepacia. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collected samples from a hospital and distribution center which tested positive for B. cepacia; these matched clinical isolates obtained from sick patients by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE). Separately, an environmental swab collected at the Company tested positive for a strain of B. cepacia. The FDA is continuing to assess whether other products or lots may pose a risk to consumers. 

As a result of the tests, the FDA is advising consumers and clinicians to avoid using all lots of Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam. In addition to the previously recalled lots (4oz: M06691, M07247 and 8oz: M05703, M06691), the FDA believes additional products may be contaminated. 

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Any company or hospital in possession of the Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam should immediately quarantine the product; patients, pharmacies, and all healthcare facilities are recommended to immediately discontinue use and dispensing. 

For more information visit FDA.gov.