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FDA seeks more data on safety of hospital hand sanitizers

Hospital Safety Insider, April 30, 2015

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The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers to submit additional data about medical hand washes and sanitizers, including the long-term health effects of their daily use on the skin, according to a report from ABC News.

According to the report, a new rule proposed by the FDA April 30 would require new studies looking at key safety issues, including possible hormonal effects and contributions to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Any products that are not shown to be safe and effective by 2018 would have to be reformulated or removed from the market.

Also according to the report, while the FDA did not say that the products are unsafe or ineffective, they want information about possible links between use of antiseptics and the growth of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

 



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