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…

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A Lather Over Soap

A quick trip to the store to purchase hand soap might convince you by the number of available products that antibacterial hand soaps are essential. However, they may not be anymore effective at killing germs than plain soap according to the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The agency has published a rule that will require manufacturers…

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