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Bacterial Contamination Prompts Recall of Certain Lots of GUM Paroex Mouthwash

— October 29, 2020

Sunstar Americas recently issued a recall for certain lots of GUM Paroex mouthwash that might be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria.

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Sunstar Americas recently announced a recall for 37 lots of GUM Paroex Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse over concerns it may be contaminated with Burkholderia lata. According to the FDA, the bacteria may cause “oral and, potentially, systemic infections requiring antibacterial therapy.” When at-risk populations are exposed to the bacteria, it may even result in life-threatening infections, including bacteremia and pneumonia.

The prescription mouthwash is designed to treat gingivitis. A list of the affected products includes the following:

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If you use the mouthwash and experience a medical problem, contact your healthcare provider and report the issue to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program on the FDA website or by a form obtained at 800-332-1088. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the recall, contact Sunstar Americas at or call 800-528-8537.


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