FDA Rule Marks Consumer Antibacterial Soaps An Endangered Category
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
FDA’s final rule “clarifies the mission” for manufacturers of consumer antibacterial soaps, which have a year to demonstrate that benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and chloroxylenol are safe and effective or risk losing the entire OTC drug category. The rule bars firms from marketing consumer antiseptic wash products containing triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other lesser-used active ingredients.
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