9 Brands Of Toxic Hand Sanitizer Warned By FDA To Use
As there is no vaccine and proper medicine to cure the coronavirus. Paramedical staff had only suggested prevention to keep oneself safe from the pandemic. And this includes social distancing and frequent use of sanitizers if due to some reason you are out of the home.
Before the outbreak of the coronavirus, stores could hardly keep hand sanitizer stocked on shelves. But after the coronavirus outbreak, there is a large amount of availability of hand sanitizers everywhere. Now, having access to the omnipresent product could be a matter of life and death.
Hand sanitizer is only a liquid gel that generally helps to decrease infectious agents on the hands and to stay hands sanitized. Mostly, hand washing with soap and water is preferred because soap is more effective to kill germs whereas hand sanitizer is less effective at killing certain kinds of germs, such as norovirus and Clostridium difficile and it cannot remove harmful chemicals.
Mostly, alcohol-based hand sanitizers (not those which have low alcohol concentration) are more realistic to handwashing with soap and water because being better tolerated and more effective at reducing bacteria. Handwashing with soap and water; however, should be carried out if contamination can be seen, or following the use of the toilet.
Food and Drug Administration:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is a national organization of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one among the United States federal executive departments. The FDA features the responsibility for shielding and promoting public health through the control and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription, and medical devices.
9 Brands of Toxic Hand Sanitizer:
The FDA on Friday ordered that consumers that they should stop using any hand sanitizer from Mexico-based manufacturer Esk Biochem SA de CV, due to the high-level presence of methanol, or wood alcohol, in their sanitizer. The FDA had warned that methanol can be toxic when ingested or absorbed in the skin.
Food and Drug Administration had alert that nine brands are potentially toxic. Which are as follow:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)’
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Great Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
The agency sentenced that they contacted Esk Biochem last week to order the company to remove its hand sanitizer from the U.S. market, but the company didn’t respond to it effectively.
That why the FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of their products immediately inappropriate hazardous waste containers. And even do not flush or pour these products down the drain.
Why these Products Are Banned:
FDA examined samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ in the laboratory. They found that Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and hilarious condition that it contains no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Research had found that methanol is not an acceptable product in hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects on skin and human.
Consumers who had used hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment or consult with the doctors, which is critical due to the toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Considerable methanol exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, and in the severe condition, it may cause coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. All persons using these products on their hands are in dangerous, young children who accidentally intake these products and teenagers and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most are endanger for methanol poisoning.
FDA suggests the consumers wash their hands mostly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose. If soap and water are not easily
available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested consumers use an only alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60 percent ethanol.
FDA remains eagle-eye and will not compromise with the quality of hand sanitizers. Also, the agency is serious in false and deceiving claims for hand sanitizers, for instance, that sanitizer can provide prolonged protection like 24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, still, there is no evidence to support these claims.
Till now, FDA is not aware of any record of adverse events concerned with these hand sanitizer products. FDA wants health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse episode or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s Med Watch Adverse Event Reporting program:
The CDC’s travel guidelines suggested washing your hands repeatedly and using hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% ethanol alcohol or 70% isopropanol. But be careful about which hand sanitizer you put on your hand.