Have the manufacturers been made aware of the issue?

Initially the patientsafe team only knew of Perrigo’s pourable pink chlorhexidine (Riotane). We’re now aware Pfizer make a similar product. We’ve contacted both companies on several occasions – see their responses below. Even if both these companies stopped manufacturing pink chlorhexidine, without the TGA introducing minimum colour standards for chlorhexidine, there’s nothing to stop other manufacturers introducing a similar hazardous product.

To sign the petition encouraging the TGA to ban pourable pink chlorhexidine click here.

Response from Perrigo:

Response from Perrigo 22/2/16: Hi Doctor. I am currently helping with customer feedback around some potential changes to our chlorhexidine in alcohol solutions. Our laboratory have developed a couple of options which we would like your thoughts on. These colours are significantly brighter.

Meeting with Perrigo 3/3/16: Representatives from Perrigo met with us to demonstrate options for more vivid colouring prior to production. Consideration was also given to provide more vividly coloured 0.5% chlorhexidine in 70% alcohol in an applicator.

Response from Pfizer:

Thank you for email enquiry dated 14th June, 2016 regarding the approved use and application of Pfizer Chlorhexidine 0.5% in Alcohol 70% 100mL in pour bottles – ARTG ID 11339.

Further to our discussion on 15 June, 2016, I am writing to confirm the approved use and application of Pfizer Chlorhexidine 0.5% in Alcohol 70% 100mL in pour bottles.

Pfizer Chlorhexidine 0.5% in Alcohol 70% 100mL in pour bottles are registered and approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration “For Topical Antisepsis”.

Please find a link to the ARTG summary at https://www.ebs.tga.gov.au/servlet/xmlmillr6?dbid=ebs/PublicHTML/pdfStore.nsf&docid=15DB4FED529016ADCA2577DD00004361&agid=(PrintDetailsPublic)&actionid=1

A copy of the product’s label is also attached clearly showing its approved use “For Topical Antisepsis”.

 

As we can see, while the TGA endorse these products they will persist in our workplace. Please sign the petition to encourage the TGA to ban pourable pink chlorhexidine – click here.