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Hand Sanitizer Companies Receive FDA Warnings for False Claims

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Hand Sanitizer Companies Receive FDA Warnings for False Claims

Four companies that manufacture hand sanitizer and other antiseptic products claiming to prevent infections have received a slap on the wrist. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent the companies letters, warning them to remove labeling that claims their products help prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, citing they are in violation of federal law for marketing these claims.

"MRSA is a serious public health threat," Deborah Autor, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. "The FDA cannot allow companies to mislead consumers by making unproven prevention claims."

The companies were each given 15 days to fix the injunctions and those that fail so to do will see legal penalties.

MRSA is a severe strain of bacterium that does not respond to the standard treatment of methicillin, an antibiotic. In addition to claiming that the hand sanitizers can protect against MRSA, several also falsely advertised their ability to protect against E.coli and the H1N1 flu strain. According to the FDA, there is not enough evidence available to support these claims, Infection Control Today reported.