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Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Update on Contaminated Prepodyne Solution

CDC has confirmed contamination of 2 additional lots of Prepodyne Solution (manufactured by West Chemical, Inc.) (1).* Lot C203137 (1-pint bottles) is contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and lot C203197 (1-pint bottles) is contaminated with an unidentified gram-negative rod. One lot (C203197) was not distributed, and the other was distributed only to 2 hospitals. The distributor (AMSCO/Medical Products Division of American Sterilizer Co.) has notified the 2 hospitals that received the contaminated lot concerning the recent laboratory results. Currently, the company is performing microbiologic sampling of lots manufactured since August 1981 and of new lots before they are released. No additional incidence of patient infection has been reported to be associated with the use of Prepodyne Solution. Investigation by CDC and FDA is continuing. Reported by Hospital Infections Program, Hepatitis and Viral Enteritis Div, Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC.


  1. CDC. Pseudomonas aeruginosa peritonitis attributed to a contaminated iodophor solution--Georgia. MMWR 1982;31:197-8. *Use of trade names is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the Public Health Serivce or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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