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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Dow Chemical, Anheuser-Busch and Kodak designate manufacturing for hand sanitizers and donate products to fight COVID-19. Dow is making up to 15 tons of sanitizer a day while Kodak donates formulas to New York's “NYS Clean” sanitizer distribution program.
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.