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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday August 17 2017, @09:51PM   Printer-friendly
from the garbage-in-garbage-out dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

The Food and Drug Administration advised consumers and healthcare providers Friday to avoid all liquid products made by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida after finding dangerous Burkholderia cepacia bacteria in the water system used to manufacture its products. Those products include liquid drugs and dietary supplements labeled under Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Leader Brands.

An outbreak of B. cepacia infections affecting at least 60 people in eight states led the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to PharmaTech. Late last year, the agencies tracked the source to more than 10 lots of PharmaTech's oral liquid docusate sodium, a stool softener. But suspicion of contamination crept to the company's other products, and this month PharmaTech issued a voluntary nationwide recall of its other liquid products, such as its liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins that are marketed for infants and children.

"B. cepacia poses a serious threat to vulnerable patients, including infants and young children who still have developing immune systems," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. "These products were distributed nationwide to retailers, health care facilities, pharmacies and sold online—making it important that parents, patients and health care providers be made aware of the potential risk and immediately stop using these products."

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 18 2017, @08:20AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 18 2017, @08:20AM (#555766)

    SN is starting to see a quite robust level of trolling. Why, it brings a tear to my eye. But this story reminds me of a place I worked that had a system for recycling wash water (used on raw apples). It was treated with a chemical called tsunami, nevertheless there were some biofilms that managed to take hold inside the equipment. One time a blob of goo broke loose and was seen in the product stream. Anyway, the FDA got a funding and headcount boost within the past couple years and they've been up in everybody's business (more than before anyway). I'm surprised it took this long for a recall, considering the other linked FDA advisory was from Oct of last year. After finding contamination in the water I would have thought they'd shut down the whole operation until that problem was eliminated, and require regular testing of water samples to make sure it stays clean.