Antibacterial hand and body wash no more effective than soap and water

Back in December of 2013 we mentioned on this blog that the FDA was going to require manufacturers of antibacterial soap to prove that their product actually was more effective than plain soap and water (read the post here). Manufacturer had three years to provide that proof. That time is now up and that FDA has issued it’s final ruling.

Turns out manufacturers of antibacterial soap didn’t have the necessary proof and couldn’t actually substantiate their claims so the FDA was left with no other choice than to rule that…

“over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products.”

Even worse, there seems to be some proof that OTC antibacterial products are harmful, leading to bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.

You can read the complete press release here.