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FDA Warns Maker of Hand Sanitizer Against Claims of Eliminating Disease

In a letter to Gojo, maker of Purell hand sanitizer, the FDA called out the company for posting claims across product website pages and social media that the hand sanitizer could reduce or eliminate risk of illnesses including Ebola, norovirus and MRSA.

“We are not aware of evidence demonstrating that the Purell Healthcare Advanced Hand Sanitizer products as formulated and labeled are generally recognized by qualified experts as safe and effective for use under the conditions suggested, recommended, or prescribed in their labeling,” the letter stated.

The warning comes as the FDA and other health organizations are monitoring the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people in China while the number of confirmed cases surged to more than 7,000.

Hand sanitizers have become nearly a staple over the last few decades, offered in spaces where there is heavy human contact to reduce the spread of germs.

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