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|The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a final ruling that Triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent, cannot be used as an active ingredient in hand hygiene products used in healthcare settings. This triclosan ban is industry wide.|
|Triclosan is not generally recognized as safe and effective for use in over-the-counter (OTC) healthcare antiseptic products – including healthcare personnel hand washes and rubs, surgical hand scrubs and rubs, and patient antiseptic skin preparations.1|
|Manufacturers have stopped the manufacture and distribution of products containing triclosan, or have reformulated those soaps.|
|This action only concerns OTC products that are commonly marketed to healthcare providers and used primarily in medical settings like hospitals, health care clinics, and doctors’ offices.|
All healthcare providers, including public health clinics, medical practices, surgery centers, skilled nursing and nursing homes, home health agencies, imaging centers and dental clinics.
The ruling is part of the FDA’s ongoing, comprehensive review of OTC antiseptic active ingredients to ensure these ingredients are safe and effective. The FDA previously mandated the ban of triclosan products across the consumer market.
Most currently marketed healthcare antiseptics are not impacted by this final rule. The FDA has deferred final rule-making on six specific active ingredients that are the most commonly used in currently marketed OTC healthcare antiseptic products – alcohol (ethanol), isopropyl alcohol, povidone-iodine, benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, and chloroxylenol (PCMX) – to provide manufacturers with more time to complete the scientific studies necessary to make a safety and efficacy determination about these ingredients.2
“Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter health care antiseptics has been a priority for the FDA, not only because these products are an important component of infection control strategies in health care settings, but also because of the role these products may play in contributing to antimicrobial resistance if they’re not manufactured or used appropriately.” — FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
The chart below maps McKesson Brands soaps to their compliant, triclosan-free replacements.
*FE indicates a functional equivalent; CE indicates a clinical equivalent.
|Contains Triclosan||Triclosan-Free Replacement|
|Description||Description||Active Ingreditent||Match Type*|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 1 Gallon||McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 1 Gallon||BZM||CE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap with Aloe, Herbal Scent, 1 Gallon||PCMX||FE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 1000mL Dispenser Refill Bag||McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 1000mL Dispenser Refill Bag||BZM||CE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap with Aloe, Herbal Scent, 1000mL Dispenser Refill Bag||PCMX||FE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 8 oz. Bottle||McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 8 oz. Bottle||BZM||CE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap with Aloe, Herbal Scent, 8 oz. Bottle||PCMX||FE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 18. oz. Pump Bottle||McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 18 oz. Pump Bottle||BZM||CE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Hand Soap with Aloe, Herbal Scent, 18 oz. Pump Bottle||PCMX||FE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 8.5 oz. Pump Bottle||McKesson Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 8.5 oz. Pump Bottle||BZM||CE|
|McKesson Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 1000mL Dispenser Refill Bag||McKesson Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 1000mL Dispenser Refill Bag||BZM||CE|
|NEW PRODUCT||McKesson Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap, Clean Scent, 18 oz. Pump Bottle||BZM||CE|
You are also encouraged to practice proper hand-washing technique to help avoid getting sick and help prevent your facility personnel from spreading germs to others. The CDC recommends an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.3
Visit UPrevent to learn more about hand hygiene guidelines and recommendations and to access valuable resources, infection prevention materials and more.Visit UPrevent
Be advised that information contained herein is intended to serve as a useful reference for informational purposes only and is not complete clinical information. This information is intended for use only by competent healthcare professionals exercising judgment in providing care. McKesson cannot be held responsible for the continued currency of or for any errors or omissions in the information.