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66-Year-Old Man is Latest Fatality Linked to Contaminated Alcohol Wipes

July 21, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the recent death of a 66-year-old man in connection with allegedly contaminated Triad brand alcohol wipes. It is the eight death linked to the wipes, which Triad’s parent company recalled earlier this year after discovering the wipes contained the bacteria, Bacillus cereus.

The 66-year-old victim contracted a blood infection after using the wipes in performing a diabetes-monitoring test at his home. A report by MSNBC said that the FDA received eight reports from health care workers and patients about the wipes. It also received 11 reports of serious infections associated with using the alcohol wipes.

The first death associated with the wipes was a 2-year-old Texas boy. His parents have since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Triad and its parent company, H&P Industries. H&P recalled the wipes in January of this year after discovering the contamination. Hospitals use the wipes and package them with various medications given to patients. Other outlets also sell the alcohol wipes, including CVS, Walgreens and Cardinal Health.

The FDA put a permanent injunction on H&P, which prevents it from doing business until it proves its products are safe. Illnesses associated with Bacillus cereus attack within 24 hours of exposure.

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