Trade Groups Push US FDA To Close Window On Loosened OTC Sanitizer Production Standards
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A day after FDA posted Scentsational’s recall announcement due to presence of benzene and acetaldehyde as well as methanol, American Cleaning Institute and Consumer Healthcare Products Association submit a letter urging FDA to restore order to OTC alcohol-based sanitizer market.
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FDA makes withdrawal effective on 31 December, also the deadline for firms manufacturing or compounding alcohol-based hand sanitizer products, and making alcohol for those products under temporary guidances, to cease production.
"Fewer people are manufacturing the products ... That seems to be a sort of a natural reaction to I think the decreased consumer demand," says Donald Ashley, compliance chief in FDA’s drug center.
CDER compliance office director Donald Ashley offers a cautionary note to temper expectations for the FDA’s enforcement in the supplement sector. “We continue to warn the public about products very often sold as dietary supplements that contain hidden drugs,” he says.