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FDA Moves On Postponing Post-Antibiotic World

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This month, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final ruling that certain 19 chemicals used in making “antibacterial soaps and body washes” should be removed from those products. The added chemicals have neither been shown to be safe for daily use nor proven to be any more effective than regular soap and water. While this might seem to be a consumer issue—that the “antibacterial soap” label will disappear from store shelves, it is actually a public health ethics issue related to protecting people from harm both now and in the future.…

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