FDA to hold a public hearing to discuss how to deal with the issue of microbial contamination of antiseptic skin products

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Intravenous news: Medpage Today report “Antiseptic skin preparation products can be contaminated by microbes, a problem the FDA will address at an upcoming public hearing. There have been recent reports of microbial contamination of topical antiseptic products that are used before surgery, before an injection, and to reduce the risk of skin infection, and some of the products have been recalled, according to Christina Chang, MD, MPH, and Lesley-Anne Furlong, MD, of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in Silver Spring, Md. Such contamination, which can occur during manufacturing or during storage, preparation, and use by healthcare professionals, has resulted in outbreaks of infection and even death in some cases, they wrote in a perspective in the Dec. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Next Wednesday and Thursday, the FDA will hold a public hearing to discuss how to deal with the issue of microbial contamination of antiseptic skin products, which are not currently required to be manufactured using sterile processes.

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