Yourlawyer.com (Hand Sanitizer Unproven Claims News) http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Hand-Sanitizer-Unproven-Kills-Bacteria-Claims-Lawsuit-Lawyer Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:07:07 -0500 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:07:07 -0500 pixel-app en Don't Believe Hand Sanitizer MRSA Claims, FDA Says http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/title/dont-believe-hand-sanitizer-mrsa-claims-fda-says Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/title/dont-believe-hand-sanitizer-mrsa-claims-fda-says Consumers who purchase over-the-counter hand sanitizers because of claims they can kill or prevent infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylocococcus aureus (MRSA) could well be wasting their money.  According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), claims that over-the-counter hand sanitizers are effective against MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella and even the H1N1 flu are unproven.

To that end, the FDA is cracking down on unproven hand sanitizer claims.   Last week, it sent warning letters to four manufacturers of over-the-counter hand sanitizers, telling the companies to stop making those kinds of claims.  The companies receiving those letters included:

  • Tec Laboratories for Staphaseptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel;
  • JD Nelson and Associates for Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion and Safe4Hours First Aid Antiseptic Skin Protectant;
  • Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co. for Dr. Tichenor's Antiseptic Gel
  • Oh So Clean, Inc., dba CleanWell Company, for CleanWell All-Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer, CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizer, CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes, and CleanWell All-Natural Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap


These companies have 15 days to correct the violations cited in the letters. Failure to do so may result in legal action, including seizure and injunction, the FDA said.

In a posting on its website, the FDA advised consumers not to believe claims that over-the-counter hand sanitizers will work against pathogens like MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella or H1N1. 

“Consumers are being misled if they think these products you can buy in a drug store or from other places will protect them from a potentially deadly infection,” said Deborah Autor, compliance director at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Rather than spending money on such products, the FDA advised consumers to practice good hand-washing techniques, especially after handling food.  "Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds. For children, this means the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice," the agency's posting says.

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Hand Sanitizer Unproven Claims Lawsuit | Unproven Claims; Kills Bacteria, Prevents The Spread Of Bacteria, Kill Or Prevent The Spread Of MRSA, E. Coli, Salmonella, or H1N1 Influenza | Lawsuit Lawyer http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Hand-Sanitizer-Unproven-Kills-Bacteria-Claims-Lawsuit-Lawyer Wed, 27 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0400 http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Hand-Sanitizer-Unproven-Kills-Bacteria-Claims-Lawsuit-Lawyer Hand Sanitizer Unproven Claims Lawsuit

Hand Sanitizer Lawsuit | Unproven Claims; Kills Bacteria, Prevents The Spread Of Bacteria, Kill Or Prevent The Spread Of MRSA, E. Coli, Salmonella, or H1N1 Influenza | Lawsuit Lawyer

Manufacturers' claims that hand sanitizers can kill or prevent the spread of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli, Salmonella, and H1N1 influenza are unproven, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In April 2011, the FDA warned four hand sanitizer makers, Tec Laboratories, JD Nelson and Associates, Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co. and Oh So Clean Inc. (also known as CleanWell Company), to stop making such unproven claims.

Lawyers at our firm experienced in defective product litigation are investigating unproven hand sanitizer claims. If you purchased one of these products because you believed claims that it would kill or prevent the spread of MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella, or H1N1 influenza, we would like to hear from your. Our hand sanitizer claims lawyers may be able to help you obtain compensation if you relied on any of these manufacturers' unproven promises.

Hand Sanitizer Claims

Promises that a hand sanitizer can kill or prevent the spread of MRSA are among the most common unproven claims made by hand sanitizer manufacturers. MRSA can cause severe—even life-threatening—infections that do not respond to standard treatment with the antibiotic methicillin. MRSA is often associated with patients in hospitals who have weakened immune systems, but the bacterium can also cause significant skin infections and abscesses in a normal, healthy person. In the most severe cases, MRSA can enter the blood stream, and it may involve the heart valves, which makes it extremely difficult to treat.

Some hand sanitizer manufacturers have been only too willing to take advantage of consumers' anxiety about MRSA, and make unproven claims in their advertising that these products can kill and prevent the spread of MRSA. Some typical claims include:

  • kills over 99.9% of MRSA
  • helps prevent skin infections caused by MRSA and other germs
  • is effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens, including MRSA

In other instances, makers of hand sanitizers have claimed that their products can kill or prevent the spread of E. coli, Salmonella, and even the H1N1 flu virus. According to the FDA, all of these claims are unproven and therefore illegal. The FDA has advised consumers not to buy over-the-counter hand sanitizers or other products that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses.

FDA Hand Sanitizer Crackdown

In April 2011, the FDA announced it was cracking down on companies that break federal law by promoting their products as preventing MRSA infections and other diseases without agency review and approval. The agency began its crackdown by issuing warning letters to four hand sanitizer manufacturers. The products subject to the FDA warnings included:

  • Staphaseptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel, by Tec Laboratories
  • Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion and Safe4Hours First Aid Antiseptic Skin Protectant, by JD Nelson and Associates
  • Dr. Tichenor’s Antiseptic Gel, by Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co.
  • Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizer, Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes, and Clean Well All-Natural Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap, by Oh So Clean Inc., also known as CleanWell Company

The four sanitizer companies were given 15 days to correct the violations cited in the warning letters or face legal action.

Legal Help for Victims of Unproven Hand Sanitizer Claims

If you purchased a hand sanitizer because a manufacturer claimed the product would kill or prevent MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella, or H1N1 influenza, you may have valuable legal rights. To find out how our unproven hand sanitizer claims lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.

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