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Betaseron® Consumers Alert Regarding Alcohol Prep Product

1/10/2011

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has announced that the Triad alcohol prep pads packaged for use in the U.S. with Betaseron should not be used, as there has been a recall of alcohol prep pads, swabs and swab sticks manufactured by the Triad Group and marketed under various brand names. 

The recall of the Triad Group alcohol prep products is due to potential contamination of these products with bacteria, Bacillus cereus, that could lead to life-threatening infections.

Bayer also stated, “There is no involvement or potential contamination of the Betaseron vial or other components in the Betaseron U.S. packaging. This issue is confined to the actual Triad alcohol prep products. Triad alcohol prep products are not used in Betaseron packaging outside of the United States.”

Bayer instructs people using Betaseron to immediately discontinue using the Triad alcohol prep pads included in the Betaseron packaging and dispose of those pads in the trash.  When preparing to take their Betaseron injection, they should use an alternative sterile alcohol prep pad that is not subject to this Triad recall or use a sterile gauze pad in conjunction with isopropyl alcohol. 

Further information on this Triad recall can be found on the FDA website at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm239319.htm.  If you have additional questions, please consult with your pharmacist or healthcare provider or contact BETAPLUS at 1-800-788-1467 option 1 to speak to a BETA Nurse.  Or call Bayer at 1-888-84-BAYER, where operators will be available 24 hours a day to respond to questions from consumers or medical professionals. 

 



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