FDA Advises Against Hand Sanitizers With Methanol
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The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is warning consumers that 9 hand sanitizers manufactured by a company (Eskbiochem SA de CV) from Mexico could contain a potentially toxic substance, methanol (wood alcohol), when absorbed through skin or being ingested. FDA warning says, “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.”
The U.S. FDA has issued a warning on certain hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico. According to the agency, a few hand sanitizer brands of Mexican origin were found to contain methanol in them. A substantial exposure to methanol can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and permanent damage to the nervous system. Sometimes, methanol exposure can also cause death. “Lavar Gel” was found to contain 81% methanol, whereas “CleanCare No Germ” contained 28% methanol. Even tiny amounts of methanol are considered unacceptable by regulatory agencies. FDA has asked consumers accidentally exposed to these toxic hand sanitizers to seek immediate medical consultation from their healthcare providers. Make sure you visit the FDA link in the description below to see the list of toxic hand sanitizers, in the video “Toxic Hand Sanitizer: The FDA Warns Against Using Products Containing Methanol“, below:
In the video “FDA warns 59 hand sanitizers may be toxic due to methanol“, below:
In the video “Is Hand Sanitizer or Hand Washing Better at Disinfecting?” below:
These products have been identified by the FDA:
- 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 Good 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 FDA said the company has not yet taken action to remove the potentially dangerous products from the market.
Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system and death.
The FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its effected hand sanitizer products from the market on June 17.
FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse effects associated with the hand sanitizer as of June 20, 2020.
FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
- Complete and submit the report online; or
- Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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