B. cepacia is an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause infection outbreaks. In recent years, recalls have been issued for wipes, hair gel, Diocto Liquid Stool Softener, and other products.

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B. Cepacia Outbreaks & Recalls

Ultrasound Gel Recall

In September 2021, Eco-Med recalled all ultrasound gels and lotions, including EcoGel, MediChoice, MacMedical, and more after at least 66 people were infected by bacteria in the product.

MPM Medical Recalls Regenecare for B. Cepacia Risk

On December 2, 2020, MPM Medical of Meqsuite, Texas, recalled Regenecare HA Topical Anesthetic Hydrogel (Lot #41262). After 2 customer complaints of visible contamination, the product was found to be contaminated with the bacteria B. cepecia.

Use of this contaminated product could result in skin infections. For people with vulnerable immune systems, the infection could spread to the bloodstream and cause life-threatening sepsis or death.

Regenecare Recall

MPM Medical LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Regenecare HA Hydrogel Due to Burkholderia cepecia Contamination

GUM Paroex Oral Rinse Recalled for Bacteria Contamination

In October 2020, Sunstar Americas Inc. recalled GUM® Paroex® Oral Rinse due to a risk of contamination with Burkholderia lata (B. lata), which is a bacteria that can cause severe infections in the mouth and body. People with vulnerable immune systems may suffer pneumonia and bacteremia.

GUM Paroex is a prescription oral rinse for the treatment of gingivitis. It was only available through dentists and healthcare professionals.

All Mavidon Products Recalled After Baby Infected With B. Cepacia

In December 2019, Mavidon issued a voluntary worldwide recall for all of its products after a baby was infected with B. cepacia. Mavidon reclaled LemonPrep®, PediaPrep® and Wave Prep 4-ounce tubes and single use cups, Cardio Prep and Collodions, Collodion removers, and other products. FDA tests found that samples of 114-gm tubes of Lemon Prep were positive for B. cepacia.

La Bella Styling Gel Recalled for B. Cepacia Infection Risk

May 2019 — Target, Food 4 Less, HEB, Ralph’s, and other stores recalled La Bella Extreme Sport Styling Gel because it may be contaminated with B. cepacia and related strains of bacteria.

The recalled styling gel products were manufactured by Kapra Cosmetics Inc. and distributed nationwide since March 5, 2019.

The Lot Numbers included in the recall are 19057B, 19072C, 19072E, 19072G.

La Bella Extreme Sport Styling Gel was sold nationwide at dozens of retailers and distributors such as Target, Kroger (Food 4 Less and Ralphs), Stater Bros, HEB, Cardinal Health, Certco, Cashco Distributors, Bashas, All Essentials, Yosemite Wholesale – Merced, Supervalu, AJ Express and Latin American Distributors, Inc.

Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam

May 2018 — An outbreak of B. cepacia infections has been linked to Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam and the product was recalled, according to an FDA warning. At least 15 people were infected with B. cepacia infections in 3 states: California (7), Pennsylvania (7), and New Jersey (1).

Doctor Manzanilla Cough & Allergy Medication Recall

September 2017 — Mid Valley Pharmaceuticals has recalled Doctor Manzanilla Cough & Cold medicine and Allergy & Decongestant cough syrup due to a risk of infections with B. cepacia. Click here to read more.

Ninjacof Cold Medicine Recall

August 2017 — Centurion Labs recalled 2 lots of Ninjacof and Ninjacof-A Cold Medicine after being notified by the FDA that it was made in a facility that is contaminated with B. cepacia. No infections were reported. Click here to read more.

Diocto Liquid Recalled After B. Cepacia Outbreak

August 2017 — One year after all lots of Rugby® Diocto Liquid Stool Softener was recalled and 60 people were infected with B. cepacia, yet another recall has been issued after more bacterial infections with B. cepacia were reported. According to the FDA warning:

“If a product contains B. cepacia, its use could result in infections in patients with compromised immune systems and in patients with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis.”

Diocto Liquid Stool Softener Recall

August 2016 — The CDC is asking hospitals not to use any liquid docusate sodium laxatives after 60 people in 8 states were infected with B. cepacia. The FDA has recalled Diocto Liquid Stool Softener, which was sold under the Rugby® brand-name by PharmaTech, LLC in 1-pint (437 mL) bottles.

Comfort Shield Barrier Cream Cloth Recall

Sage Products has recalled a variety of skin wipes due to B. cepacia contamination. The recall includes Comfort Shield® barrier cloths, incontinence clean-up cloths, M-care meatal cleansing cloths, and more. According to the FDA Safety Alert:

“Topical administration of a product with B. cepacia may cause serious infections in patients whose bodies cannot fight disease or in hospitalized patients, as well as certain other patient groups. These infections could be life-threatening.”

What is B. Cepacia?

Burkholderia cepacia, also known as “B. cepacia complex,” is the name for a group of bacteria that are commonly found in soil and water.

What is the problem?

B. cepacia is an opportunistic bacteria that resists most antibiotics and has a 42% mortality rate. Outbreaks have been linked to contaminated antiseptic wipes, baby wipes, mouthwash, nasal spray, moisturizing body milk, liquid stool softeners, medical devices, and other healthcare products.

How Does it Spread?

  • Person-to-person contact
  • Contaminated medicines or medical devices
  • Plants, water, and soil in the environment
  • Breathing tubes of patients with cystic fibrosis
  • Contaminated surfaces

Symptoms of Infection

The symptoms of B. cepacia infection are similar to those for any other bacteria. These symptoms vary depending on where the infection occurs.

There have been reports of B. cepacia causing serious infections of the skin, soft-tissue, surgical-wound, genitourinary tract, lungs, and more. In patients who develop a lung infection, symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections in Hospitalized Patients

B. cepacia is resistant to many antibiotics, which makes treatment challenging. It rarely infects healthy adults, but infections in hospitalized patients with weak immune systems can be deadly. It is particularly dangerous in patients with chronic lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis.

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