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It is important to note, that Genentech medicines (Boniva Injection, Fuzeon, Nutropin A.Q. Pen, Pegasys, and TNKase) are not contaminated and may continue to be used in accordance with the package insert. Patients and healthcare providers should NOT use the alcohol prep pads packaged with these medicines and should instead use a different alcohol prep pad that is not involved with the Triad Group recall, or alternatively use a sterile gauze pad in conjunction with isopropyl alcohol for disinfecting the injection site prior to administration.

If you use Boniva Injection, Fuzeon, Nutropin A.Q. Pen, Pegasys, or TNKase and you have any questions, please follow up with your healthcare provider for further information. A Patient Resource Center is also available for more information at 1-877-436-3683 between the hours of 6 am and 5 pm Pacific Time.

Genentech Informs Customers of Important Information About Alcohol Prep Pads in Injectable Medicine Kits

Genentech, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, has become aware of the market recall of Triad Group's alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks manufactured by Triad in the United States and marketed under various brand names. The Triad Group alcohol prep pads are co-packaged and distributed with Genentech medicines, Boniva Injection, Fuzeon, Nutropin A.Q. Pen, Pegasys, and TNKase to customers in the United States.

According to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Medwatch communication, the recall of the alcohol prep pads, swabs, and swabsticks was initiated due to concerns about potential contamination of the Triad Group's products with bacteria. Use of contaminated alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in at-risk populations, including immune suppressed and surgical patients.

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Source: FDA
Publication Date: 2011-01-18
Last Updated: 2011-01-18

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