WHAT IS BEING CLAIMED:
- US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instructs manufacturers to add denatured alcohol into the formulation of hand sanitizers to make it less palatable.
- The FDA announced a 79% increase in the number of calls related to hand sanitizer poisoning for March 2020 compared to March 2019.
- FDA Commissioner maintains the position of the regulatory agency, says injecting disinfectants into the human body is not a treatment for coronavirus.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prompts hundreds of hand sanitizer manufacturers, meeting the demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, to make the disinfectants less palatable, warning the public that under no circumstances should any disinfectant be ingested as a treatment for coronavirus.
The National Health Product Regulatory Agency instructs manufacturers to adhere to the proposed formulations of adding denatured alcohol into the product. This would leave a bitter taste, making the disinfectant less appealing for consumption.
This advisory follows the White House briefing on Thursday when President Donald Trump suggested that injecting disinfectants into the human body is a treatment for the coronavirus. The comment raised concerns of increased probabilities that people could poison themselves with untested treatments.
US FDA announced a 79% increase in the number of calls related to hand sanitizer poisoning in March 2020 compared to March 2019. The National Poison Data System reveals that the majority of cases reported were unintentional exposure to children aged 5 and younger.
The regulatory agency releases recommendations on printing child safety warnings and information on disinfectants, advising medical attention upon accidental consumption.
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn contradicts the statement from the president, “Hand sanitizers are not proven to treat COVID-19, and like other products meant for external use, are not for ingestion, inhalation, or intravenous use.”
The FDA loosened federal regulations on the distribution of disinfectants in March, permitting pharmacists to supply alcohol-based hand sanitizers without prescriptions.
Today, the regulatory agency continues measures to ensure the continued supply of the disinfectants as the demand continues to increase.
The regulatory agency registers more than 1,500 new alcohol-based hand sanitizer manufacturers into their database in a bid to improve the safety and supply of the disinfectants as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the country.