Sanitizer Demand Sparks Creativity: Compressed-Air Spray, ‘Shield’ Formula, Single-Use Convenience
COVID-19 drives hand sanitizer innovation as firms look to solve typical problems such as short microbe-kill treatment periods or risk of infection from sharing sanitizer bottles. Among launches, Breathe aerosol hand sanitizers use compressed air for faster application withouontact, while Disinfectant&Shield claims to kill germs for eight hours.
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Agency says compounding pharmacies are more familiar with standards and methods for producing drug products than “untrained consumers.” It will allow operations that might otherwise get sanctioned for marketing adulterated drugs because their products likely are better than some remedies consumers are making. It is aware consumers are experiencing difficulties accessing alcohol-based hand sanitizers and are concocting their own hand sanitizers.
GSK partners with biotech firm Mammoth Biosciences to develop a home-use OTC nasal swab test for COVID-19 that works in less than 20 minutes. Mammoth says the firms will seek an FDA emergency use authorization for the test, roll it out first to clinics and will seek approval for OTC sales.