This is the third of three articles by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, discusses the evolution of the labeling of a medical device – namely, of the “Instructions for Use” of the disinfectant “Cidex OPA” (which is used to high-level disinfection semi-critical devices, including gastrointestinal endoscopes).

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series were published in the article “Ortho-phthalaldehyde: A Tale of Three Labels,” which may be read by clicking here. Guidance for the save and proper use of this product is provided herein, in Part 3.

Although this article focuses on Cidex OPA, some of its content, including the provided recommendations, may also be applicable to other similar, products whose active ingredient is also “OPA,” known generically as ortho-phthalaldehyde.

Examples would include Metricide OPA Plus and Rapicide OPA 28.

A copy of Cidex OPA’s current labeling may be downloaded by clicking here; of Metricide OPA Plus’s labeling, by clicking here (oops! It’s not available on-line); and of Rapicide OPA 28’s labeling, by clicking here.

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