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Methanol Hand Sanitizers

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FDA WARNINGS FOR METHANOL IN HAND SANITIZERS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning manufacturers, exporters, importers and distributors: Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its adverse events including deaths.

There is an increase on the market of hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol, but instead and in fact contain methanol, which can cause

■ nausea

■ vomiting

■ headache

■ blurred vision

■ permanent blindness

■ seizures

■ coma

■ permanent damage to the nervous system

■ death

HAND SANITIZERS TO AVOID IMPORTING, DISTRIBUTING OR USING

Grupo Insoma, S.A.P.I de CV
Hand Sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol

Transliquid Technologies LLC
Mystic Shield Protection Hand Sanitizer

Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV
Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer
Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free

Tropicosmeticos SA de CV
Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%

Eskbiochem SA de CV
Multiple hand sanitizers

We expect this list to grow, as the FDA investigates and tests more products.

Adverse Event Reporting

The agency 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.

You may

  • Complete and submit the report online
  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178
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