Thursday, 20 September 2007

Hand sanitizer labeling warning issued by the FDA

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It's not the first time, but a new warning from the FDA to maker-of-everything Procter & Gamble says that the company should stop mis-labeling some of its hand sanitizer products that are marketed towards children (umm, to their parents, in all reality).

Procter and Gamble says that its Vicks Early Defense Foaming Hand Sanitizer prevents colds and provides up to three hours of antimicrobial activity. Problem is that those kind of claims are not allowed under FDA regulations for such a product.

Those sound like medical claims to me, not cosmetic claims. Parents concerned about the constant hand sanitizing by children (for some reason) are, of course, attracted to the claims.

In general, clinical studies and loads of data are required by manufacturers to make claims like this on non-drug-products (and even on OTC drug products), so that kind of labeling will most likely be banished soon.

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