FDA Yanks OTC Antibacterial Soaps
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Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 AM

Over-the-counter antibacterial soaps containing any of 19 specific active ingredients can no longer be marketed, the FDA announced, including those with triclosan and triclocarban.

The rule does not affect antibacterial products used in healthcare settings, FDA said in a release, nor does it apply to OTC alcohol handrubs or wipes.

An FDA review of chemicals in OTC consumer antiseptic wash products did not find concrete evidence that the 19 banned chemicals prevent illness and infection better than plain soap and water, or are safe for long-term daily use.

Some data has suggested instead that long-term exposure to active ingredients found in antibacterial products could lead to bacterial resistance or hormonal problems.

Manufacturers have one year to comply with the ruling and some manufacturers have already begun removing these ingredients from their products, the agency said.

Companies manufacturing consumer wash products with three other ingredients -- benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, and chloroxylenol -- were given 1 year to develop and submit new safety and effectiveness data; they can continue marketing products with these ingredients in the meantime.

Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/GeneralInfectiousDisease/60016