Triad to Shut Down Healthcare Line Following Recalls

The Triad Group, based in Hartland, Wis., will be closing its healthcare line following recalls of its sterile lubricating jelly and alcohol pads, according to an MSNBC news report.

Triad lubricating jelly products, distributed by Triad from Jan. 2007-Dec. 2010, have been recalled due to potential sterilization problems. Similarly, shipments of its IV PREP antiseptic wipes have been recalled, as their use could result in localized or systemic infection. According to a letter from Triad's COO, the company is trying to "rededicate ourselves to our customers and earn back their trust," according to the news report.

Despite the move to at least temporarily shut down its healthcare line, parents of two affect pediatric patients are saying stronger action should be taken against the manufacturer. An e-mail statement from the family of Harrison Kothari, a two-year-old who died from an infection caused by the antiseptic wipes, said, "We will ask: Where is the FDA? Knowing of Triad's violations and what they have done, when will they shut down this company for good?" The families of both affected patients have filed a lawsuit against Triad, according to the news report.

The FDA has not issued any sanctions against Triad, despite evidence pointing to ongoing contamination and sterilization issues. FDA officials say they are working with the manufacturer to take corrective actions instead, according to the news report.

Read the news report about Triad Group shutting down its healthcare line.

Read other coverage about Triad:

- Smith & Nephew Recalls IV Prep Antiseptic Wipes

- FDA Defends Actions Regarding Triad Sterile Lubricating Jelly

- Triad Sterile Lubricating Jelly Recalled

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