Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden warns the public about the Coronavirus surge, testing, hand sanitizers, and wearing masks. The Food and Drug Administration reported that consumers should avoid five other brands of hand sanitizers that have tested positive for methanol, a substance that may be harmful if ingested or absorbed through the skin. The alert came after the department last month warned against some of the nine types of potentially harmful hand sanitizers that may contain methanol.
Hand sanitizers are in high demand due to the pandemic and public health officials urge consumers to clean their hands and use the hand sanitizers regularly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests using sanitizers that have at least 60% ethanol alcohol.
The FDA confirmed on Thursday that methanol, or wood alcohol, “is not an appropriate main ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be purchased due to its harmful effects.” The agency said it is aware of reports of adults and children who have consumed hand sanitizer made with methanol, which has contributed to blindness, hospital admissions, and death.
Hand Sanitizers you should Avoid
The FDA is urging consumers to avoid goods from the labels mentioned below, as well as certain particular items with NDC numbers, which indicate tested positive for methanol
Grupo Insoma’s Hand Sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol (with NDC numbers 75744-0200-3; 75744-0200-4; 75744-0201-5; 75744-0202-1; 75744-0250-1; 75744-0250-2; 75744-0500-1; 75744-1000-1; 75744-1000-3; 75744-1001-1)
Transliquid Technologies’ Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer (with NDC numbers 75477-435-02; 75477-435-10; 75477-435-12; 75477-435-25; 75477-435-50; 75477-534-10)
Soluciones Cosmetics SA de CV’s Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free (with NDC numbers 75165-003-02; 75165-004-01; 75165-005-01; 75165-006-01; 75165-008-01; 75165-250-01; 75165-600-01)
Soluciones Cosmetics SA de CV’s Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer (no NDC numbers listed)
Tropic Cosmeticos SA de CV’s Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70% (with NCD numbers 76676-402-01; 77676-402-02; 77676-402-03; 77676-402-04; 77676-402-05; 77676-402-06; 77676-402-07; 77676-402-08; 77676-402-09; 77676-402-10; 77676-402-11; 77676-402-12; 77676-402-13; 77676-402-14; 77676-402-16; 77676-402-17; 77676-402-18; 77676-402-19; 77676-402-20)
The FDA advised people subjected to methanol goods with signs, should receive prompt reversal medication for the consequences of methanol toxicity involving nausea, vomiting, headache, blurry vision, and irreversible paralysis, epilepsy, coma, severe injury to or death.
“These products are most at risk for young children who ingest accidentally, and adolescents and adults who use these products as a substitute for alcohol (the ethanol),” said the FDA.
The 9 Brands of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol Listed By The FDA
All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% and 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01 or 03)
Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)