Potential contamination of health products manufactured by Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals Inc. may pose health risks to Canadians

Starting date:
August 24, 2021
Posting date:
August 25, 2021
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Medical Device, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Contamination, New safety information
Audience:
General Public, Healthcare Professionals
Identification number:
RA-76307

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: All health products manufactured by Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals Inc. This includes ultrasound gels, transmission and massage lotions as well as hand sanitizers and first aid antiseptics.
  • Issue: Products manufactured by Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals Inc. may be contaminated, which may pose a health risk to Canadians. Health Canada has suspended the company’s licences to manufacture and sell health products based on potential safety issues.
  • What to do: If you have purchased health products manufactured by Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals Inc., stop using them immediately and discard them. Consult a health care professional if you have used any of these products and have health concerns.

Issue

Health Canada, as a precaution, is advising Canadians to stop using and discard all products manufactured by Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals (ultrasound gels, transmission and massage lotions, hand sanitizers and first aid antiseptics) due to potential bacterial contamination with Burkholderia stabilis (B. stabilis).

Health Canada previously communicated the manufacturer’s voluntary recall for certain lots of ultrasound gels as a result of this contamination. The Department is now expanding the list of impacted products to include all of the company’s products because the source of the bacterial contamination is unknown and cannot be determined at this time. In addition, the Department is not able to determine if there are other potential risks or other bacterial contamination as Eco-Med has ceased all company operations.

B. stabilis is a member of a group of bacterial organisms called Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) that are potentially highly virulent and multi-drug resistant. The effects of Bcc vary widely, ranging from no symptoms at all to serious infections. Bcc bloodstream infections may result in sepsis and death in some cases.

Patients - particularly those with compromised immune systems - experiencing an unusual or persistent infection on the skin or in the general area where the product was applied, or who are feeling unwell (e.g., have a fever and/or feel tired), should seek immediate medical attention.

What you should do

  • If you have purchased any health product(s) listed above, stop using them and discard them appropriately:
    • Follow municipal or regional guidelines on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste; or
    • Return the product to your local pharmacy for proper disposal.
  • If you have undergone procedures where the gel was applied to or introduced into the body, and you are feeling unwell (e.g., having a fever and/or feeling tired) following an ultrasound, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Since Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals Inc. has ceased operations, you should report any side effects from these health products directly to Health Canada.

What industry professionals should do

  • Immediately stop using and discard all products listed (see above).
  • Consider assessing patients who have recently had an ultrasound or other treatment using the affected gels or lotions, and have an unusual or persistent infection, or are feeling unwell, for potential infection with Burkholderia stabilis or other bacteria.
  • Since Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals Inc. has ceased operations, you should report any side effects from these health products directly to Health Canada.

Affected products

All health products manufactured by Eco-Med Pharmaceuticals Inc. This includes ultrasound gels, transmission and massage lotions as well as hand sanitizers and first aid antiseptics.

Product description

Medical Devices: massage lotions and ultrasound lotions
EcoGel 100
EcoGel 200
EcoGel 300
EcoLotion Transmission and Massage Lotion
Medelco Multi Purpose Ultrasound Gel
Red Medical Ultrasound Gel
Natural Health Products: hand sanitizers and first aid antiseptic
Prevent+ (NPN 80097875)
Prevent+ Foam Sanitizer (NPN 80102490)
Prevent+ Rubbing Alcohol; Rubbing Alcohol 70%; (NPN 80103917)
First Aid Antiseptic: Prevent+ Hydrogen Peroxide 3% USP; Hydrogen Peroxide 3% USP;
(NPN 80107321)

Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983
media@hc-sc.gc.ca

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709
hcinfo.infosc@canada.ca

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada has suspended the company’s Medical Device Establishment Licence, COVID-SL (natural health product site licence) and natural health product licences to ensure the establishment no longer manufactures or sells any health products based on potential health and safety risks to Canadians.

Health Canada will continue to monitor the situation and will take appropriate and timely action should new information become available. Health Canada will also communicate any new safety information to healthcare professionals and consumers.