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Alcohol Pads or Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic Towelettes by Foshan Flying Medical Products: FDA Alert - Lack of Sterility Assurance and Other Quality Issues

[Posted 09/01/2017]

AUDIENCE: Pharmacy, Health Professional, Patient

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients not to use alcohol pads or benzalkonium chloride antiseptic towelettes made by Foshan Flying Medical Products Co. Ltd., located in China, due to the lack of sterility assurance and other quality issues. These products are distributed by Total Resources International, Walnut, California, and Simple Diagnostics Inc., Williston Park, New York. The use of these alcohol pads and antiseptic towelettes could cause infections.

BACKGROUND: FDA initially contacted Foshan on May 25, 2017, regarding a recall, and had several follow-up meetings with the company. However, Foshan has not taken action to remove its alcohol pads or antiseptic towelettes from the market.

FDA placed all drug products made by Foshan on import alert on May 23, 2107, to stop these products from entering the United States. However, FDA is concerned these products might still be in U.S. distribution. FDA also sent Foshan a warning letter on August 1, 2017, for violations of current good manufacturing practice regulations.

RECOMMENDATION: Patients, health care facilities and pharmacies that have alcohol pads and antiseptic towelettes labeled by Total Resource or Simple Diagnostics should immediately stop using them and discard the products. Patients should contact a doctor if they experienced any adverse reactions after using these products.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online:
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178


[09/01/2017 -Alert - FDA]

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