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Exposure to Common Antibacterials May Affect Growth of Fetus: Study

Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 10, 2014 – Many pregnant women and their unborn children are being exposed to antibacterial compounds that may be linked to developmental and reproductive issues, a new small study suggests. The antibacterial triclosan appeared in the urine of every woman tested in the study, and triclocarban, another antibacterial chemical, appeared in more than 85 percent of the urine samples, the researchers report. Potentially worse, triclosan also showed up in more than half the samples of umbilical cord blood taken from the mothers, indicating that the chemical is reaching some fetuses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of triclosan following animal studies that showed the chemical can affect the way hormones function. Such interference – known as endocrine disruption – can potentially affect the development of an unborn fetus, said study co-author Laura ... Read more

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FDA Wants Tighter Rules on Antibacterial Soaps, Body Washes

Posted 18 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 16 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Unless companies can do that, they would have to reformulate or re-label these products if they want to keep them on the market, the agency said. "Millions of Americans use antibacterial soaps and body washes," Dr. Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the FDA's Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said during a morning press briefing. "They are used every day at home, at work, at schools and in other public settings where the risk of bacterial infection is relatively low," she said. "We at the FDA believe there should be clearly demonstrated benefits from using antibacterial soaps ... Read more

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Chemicals From Antibacterial Products Found in Minnesota Lakes

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 4 – Increasing amounts of an antibacterial agent that's widely used in soaps and other consumer products are present in several Minnesota lakes, according to a new study. The findings are directly linked to growing use of the agent, called triclosan, over the past few decades, according to researchers from the University of Minnesota. Triclosan was introduced into the market in the early 1970s and is added to a wide range of consumer products, including soap, body washes, toothpaste, cosmetics, clothing, dishwashing liquid and kitchenware. The researchers also found increasing amounts of other chemicals, known as chlorinated triclosan derivatives, in the lakes they tested. These chemicals form when triclosan is exposed to chlorine during wastewater treatment. When exposed to sunlight, triclosan and its chlorinated derivatives form dioxins, which have potentially toxic ... Read more

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Too Much Hygiene May Affect Immune System, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 29 – Children and teens who are overexposed to antibacterial soaps that contain the chemical triclosan may be at increased risk for hay fever and other allergies, a finding that suggests that being too clean can actually make people sick, researchers say. The study also found that exposure to higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may weaken an adult's immune system. Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent widely used in products such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, medical devices and diaper bags. BPA, which is used to make many types of plastics and other consumer products, is believed to affect human hormones. In this study, researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health analyzed data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They compared levels of triclosan and BPA in the urine with cytomegalovirus (CMV) antibody ... Read more

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FDA to Re-examine Anti-Bacterial Chemical in Soaps, Cleansers

Posted 8 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 8 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday acknowledged that there could be safety concerns regarding triclosan, an ingredient found widely in consumer products, such as antibacterial soaps, toothpaste and cosmetics, clothing and toys. In an update to its Web site, the agency stated that "triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humans. But several scientific studies have come out since the last time FDA reviewed this ingredient that merit further review." The FDA did not recommend that consumers change their behavior with respect to these products. At issue is whether or not triclosan alters hormone regulation in humans, as it has been shown to do in animals. Such disruptions can cause developmental or other problems. There is also concern that triclosan may contribute to resistance to antibiotics, whereby bacteria develop ways around the potentially ... Read more

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