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FDA Cracks Down on Antibacterial Soaps

Posted 2 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banning most antibacterial soaps and body washes currently on store shelves, arguing that the products create potential health risks but don't perform any better than plain old soap and water. The ban covers soaps and body washes containing triclosan and triclocarban, the two most common antibacterial ingredients, the FDA says. Another 17 active ingredients also are included in the ban. "Most consumer wash products labeled 'antibacterial' or 'antimicrobial' contain at least one of the antibacterial ingredients addressed in this final rule," said Dr. Theresa Michele, director of the Division of Nonprescription Drug Products at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. There are more than 2,100 antibacterial soaps sold today, representing about 40 percent of the overall soap market, Michele said during a media ... Read more

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Antibacterial Agent May Not Be a Dirty Word After All: Study

Posted 18 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Triclosan, an ingredient used in some antibacterial products and toothpaste, is a dirty word in certain circles. But triclosan might not cause the harms that some fear, new research suggests. "There are a lot of people who are fearful of triclosan, but we didn't find anything to support that concern in our study," said principal study investigator, Dr. Julie Parsonnet. The small study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found triclosan doesn't dramatically alter the microbiome of the gut or the mouth, or significantly affect the endocrine system. In the early 1960s, triclosan was introduced in a wide range of cleaners and personal hygiene products. The chemical was so prevalent that by 2008 it was detected in 75 percent of human urine samples, the researchers said. More recently, chronic metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, have ... Read more

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Chemical-Free Cosmetics May Be Safer for Teen Girls, Study Suggests

Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Switching to chemical-free cosmetics and shampoos quickly lowers levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of teen girls, a new study reports. Chemicals widely used in personal care products – including phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone – have been shown to interfere with the hormone system in animals, the researchers explained. These chemicals are found in many fragrances, cosmetics, hair products, soaps and sunscreens. "Because women are the primary consumers of many personal care products, they may be disproportionately exposed to these chemicals," said study lead author Kim Harley. She is associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at the University of California, Berkeley. "Teen girls may be at particular risk since it's a time of rapid reproductive development, and research has suggested that ... Read more

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Antibacterial Soaps Fail to Beat Plain Soap

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – When it comes to ridding your hands of bacteria, plain old soap is just as good as many "antibacterial" soaps, new research contends. Lab tests conducted by a team of Korean researchers revealed that when bacteria are exposed to the standard over-the-counter antibacterial ingredient known as triclosan for hours at a time, the antiseptic formulation is a more potent killer than plain soap. The problem: People wash their hands for a matter of seconds, not hours. And in real-world tests, the research team found no evidence to suggest that normal hand-washing with antibacterial soap does any more to clean the hands than plain soap. "[The] antiseptic effect of triclosan depends on its exposure concentration and time," explained study co-author Min Suk Rhee, a professor in the department of biotechnology and the department of food bioscience and technology at the ... Read more

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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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