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From a pharmacist's eyes: The rationale behind the antibacterial soap ban?
 

From a pharmacist's eyes: The rationale behind the antibacterial soap ban?

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Soaring sales of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers have long been synonymous with epidemic outbreaks, and when the FDA introduced a ban to prohibit the sales of antibacterial washes containing more than 19 different active ingredients, the decision brought much attention to the efficacies and safety of such products. See a pharmacist's take on this episode.
 
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3 Oct 2016 - General
 
For most benefits. Clear liquid hand scrub or rub are usually alcohol based. A slight hinge of red is chlorhexedine based. There maybe other combinations but these are the most commonly used in health care institutions.
Antiseptics for use in healthcare institutions is more of a real concern because you are touching patients and do not want infection to spread from one to the next. Use of such things in consumer's homes on the other hand.... you are trying to prevent something... to no ...
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Since we are discussing here about those products containing with antibacterial formula, is products such as facial wash, toner etc. Especially with antibacterial content are also banned? I hope FDA philippines will look into these too. I guess to conduct a study using these products should be done. More results, more possibility of evidence and proof that these products is not advisable and should be banned. But to answer your question doc. Our hospital provides our hand soap which is usually d...
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That is a very good point Alex Ngai. The question now remains do we necessarily need to ban this? We could just say that it proves not to be superior over other soaps. Though then again there comes the ever problem of the medical field known as antibiotic resistance. Marinelle Castro: Antibacterial soap has such a nice ring to it....
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In Australian hospitals, they use Johnson & Johnson Microshield brand hand gel outside all the wards and most areas, which is just 70% ethanol. At hand washing areas, they use antimocrobial hand wash solution - 2% chlorhexidine gluconate is usually used in clinical areas and 4% in theatre. The article noted the FDA were banning some antimicrobial agents in certain products that did not pass GRAE and GRAS, not all? I am surprised such a well known antimicrobial like triclosan was there. Corre...
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It took FDA a long time before they made a statement on this. Apparently a lot of people already believe that antibacterial products are superior since it has been publicly marketed as such. It would take some time to change old habits. Take for example in our household, all sinks have an anti-bacterial hand wash. My mom thinks that these products "fight more germs". Unfortunately she already bought so much of these products and we have enough supply last for 1-2 years! In the hospital...
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A few weeks ago, the news broke that the FDA in the United States had banned antibacterial soap as they were found to have limited or no benefits, and were found to be unnecessary.

This article really helps to answer this additional question: as much as antibacterial soap has no clinical benefit, they have become so common that it is not know whether the act of banning them is actually necessary. It is sometimes difficult for us to understand the processes behind the classification of ...
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I had to dig through this article to find the "con" and it was at the way bottom: "Some experts believed that “pervasive use of consumer antiseptics poses an unacceptable risk for the development of resistance” and thus removal of such products from the market was warranted." We had a discussion here before regarding antibacterial soaps and how they only kill 99.9% of germs. That streamed from the idea that these soaps are not considered bactericidal but bacteriostatic. Basic...
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