Hot/cold gel packs: Updated urgent safety advisory, 17 September 2008
A number of brands of hot/cold gel packs are being recalled following testing by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of contents for ethylene glycol, a toxic substance. Testing was undertaken following the previous recall of Thermoskin® hot/cold gel packs to determine if the problem was more widespread.
All sponsors of gel hot/cold packs were contacted by the TGA to obtain information regarding the contents of their products and to obtain samples for testing. It has now been confirmed that some of these other products also contain ethylene glycol.
Several brands of gel hot/cold packs, listed below, are being recalled and the TGA website will be updated as further details of the affected products become available.
Notices advising consumers of these recalls will also appear in the media as soon as the sponsors of the affected products are able to obtain advertising space in national newspapers. In the meantime recall letters will be sent directly to pharmacies and other outlets selling the affected products.
The TGA reiterates that parents should ensure that all gel hot/cold packs are kept out of reach of children and are only used under adult supervision. In the event of accidental ingestion patients are urged to attend the nearest emergency department immediately for assessment and further management.
|3P Pty Ltd |
|Brand Promotions |
|Eastland Medical |
|Glenageary Pty Ltd |
|Kendall (A Division of Tyco Healthcare Pty Ltd) |
|Orthopaedic Appliances |
|Tinsonax NSW Pty Ltd |