The Efficacy Of Antiseptic Soap – Part 2 of 3
The agency’s proposed rule would require makers of these products to justify their health claims with firm evidence of their benefit. “Manufacturers would be required to transmit clinical trials that demonstrate that their products are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness or the spread of certain infections. Manufacturers would also be required to provide additional safety details for these products before they can be considered generally recognized as safe for use”.
There’s some data that long-term exposure to certain ingredients used in these products, such as triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps), could sponsor bacterial resistance or have effects on hormones. These hormones include estrogen, testosterone and thyroid hormones. She said that “reformulating would mean that companies would have to remove the antibacterial active ingredient, and relabeling would hint removal of the antibacterial claim from the product’s label.