Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hand sanitizer and other over-the-counter products can't prevent dangerous staph infections: FDA

The Food and Drug Administration: There's  no proof the store-bought products prevent H1N1, MRSA or E. coli.

The Food and Drug Administration: There's no proof the store-bought products prevent H1N1, MRSA or E. coli.
Hand sanitizer and other over-the-counter products can't prevent dangerous staph infections no matter what they claim, federal officials warned Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration ordered four companies that make such promises to change their marketing practices, arguing there is no proof the store-bought products prevent H1N1, MRSA or E. coli - as they suggest.

"MRSA is serious public health threat," said Deborah Autor, director of the FDA's Office of Compliance, adding the agency "cannot allow companies to mislead consumers by making unproven prevention claims."

The products include Staphaseptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel, Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion, Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic Gel and CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes.

The manufacturers were given 15 days to change labeling and marketing material or face seizure of products.

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