H&P Industries announced a voluntary recall of all lots of its povidine iodine prep pads, which are private labeled for many accounts. Analytical testing showed the presence of the bacteria Elizabethkingia meningoseptica, for which there are limited treatment options. Use of contaminated povidine iodine prep pads could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in at-risk populations (eg, neonates and immunosuppressed or surgical patients). Povidine iodine prep pads are used to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns and are labeled as an antiseptic for preparation of the skin prior to surgery. Healthcare providers and patients in possession of these products should stop using them immediately.

The affected povidine iodine prep pads can be identified by the names listed below in their packaging:

  • Cardinal Health
  • Medical Specialties
  • VHA
  • Triad
  • Triad Plus
  • North Safety
  • Total Resources

For more information visit www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm247743.htm.