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SAHPRA recalls Lubri-A, sterile lubricating gel

Pretoria, 19 December 2023 – The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) is aware of the product Lubri-A (Sterile Lubricating Jelly) manufactured by Electro-Spyres, classified as Class B medical device and currently being distributed across the country. 

SAHPRA has been informed of multiple complaints received from health institutions, both public and private across the country. The complaints are as a result of a number of patients who became ill due to developing a fungal infection, caused by exposure to the fungal species, Wickerhamomyces anomalus (previously Candida pelliculosa) associated with use of Lubri-A (Sterile Lubricating Jelly).

Lubri-A is available in two presentations, the 2.5 g sachets and 50 g tubes.

Considering the wide usage of the product for lubricating purposes in medical and surgical procedures, the Regulator has taken a decision to urgently recall this product from the market as there are multiple contaminated batches, with the potential to cause serious and widespread nosocomial infections. SAHPRA is alerting healthcare professionals and the public to discontinue the use of the product, remove it from their inventory and return it through their normal distribution channel(s) with immediate effect.

As the source of the contamination of the product is still under investigation and not confirmed, all batches of Lubri-A are being recalled. Future manufacture and distribution of the product will be subject to review and authorisation by SAHPRA.

Classification of the recalls

The recall is being classified as a Class 1, Type A recall, which is associated with a serious product quality concern that may have severe consequences. This is a countrywide recall. The product is being recalled from hospitals, retail outlets, health care professionals, authorised prescribers and individual customers or patients.

What the public should know

Healthcare professionals that have used this product should contact their patients to determine any symptoms of infection after use of product.

The recall is limited to the product called LUBRI-A (2.5g sachets and 50g tubes) and does not affect other lubricating gel products authorised for sale in South Africa.

The contact telephone numbers for Electro-Spyres are:

Landline:         011-608-3998 or 011-402-7208

WhatApp:       +27-82-355-8862

“As a national regulatory authority, the recalling of medical products is a crucial measure to address safety concerns or quality issues so that we protect the health of the public. SAHPRA is recalling this product from the market as there are multiple suspected contaminated batches with the potential to cause serious and widespread nosocomial infections, ” indicates SAHPRA CEO, Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela.

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