Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The demise of bourbon-scented hand sanitizer

The Covid pandemic isn't over, but the emergency shortage of hand sanitizer is.

Some Companies Will Stop Making Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer, by Rebecca Voelker, JAMA. 2021;326(19):1899. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.19919

"Nearly 2 years after the COVID-19 pandemic struck the US, the FDA will withdraw its guidance on manufacturing hand sanitizer. The withdrawal applies to nonpharmaceutical companies that followed temporary policies to produce both alcohol-based hand sanitizer and the alcohol used in them during the public health emergency.

"“In recent months, the supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer from traditional suppliers has increased, and now, most consumers and healthcare personnel are no longer having difficulty obtaining these products,” Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, explained in a statement.

"The agency’s announcement stated that companies making alcohol-based hand sanitizer under the temporary policies must stop production by December 31. Those that plan to continue making the product will have to comply with requirements for over-the-counter topical antiseptics as well as the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations."



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