Say Bye-Bye to OTC Antibacterial Soaps


It has taken a long time, but finally the Federal Drug Administration has brought an end to the marketing of over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps--those that contain any of 19 specific active ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban. This new ruling does not impact antibacterial products used in healthcare settings--nor OTC alcohol handrubs or wipes. Manufacturers have one year to bring their products into compliance.

PositiveTip: Want clean hands? Wash your hands with plain soap and water, front, back and between fingers for 20-30 seconds--then rinse.