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News From the Food and Drug Administration
October 18, 2016

Say Goodbye to Some Antibacterials

JAMA. 2016;316(15):1538. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.14612

Over-the-counter antibacterial soaps and washes that contain triclosan, triclocarban, or any of 17 other specific active ingredients will soon come off store shelves in response to a recently issued FDA rule.

After data suggested that some of these products contained ingredients that could promote bacterial resistance or other health risks, the FDA in 2013 issued a proposed rule requiring manufacturers to present clinical studies or other data showing that their products were more effective than plain soaps or washes in preventing illness or reducing infection.

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