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.
Voelker R. Say Goodbye to Some Antibacterials. JAMA. 2016;316(15):1538. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.14612
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