Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

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Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Action to Warn, Protect Consumers from Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

As part of continued action to protect the American public, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care professionals about hand sanitizer products containing methanol, or wood alcohol — a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizer products and can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested. The agency has seen an increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. State officials have also reported recent adverse events from adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol, including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

See this webpage for a full list of hand sanitizers we urge consumers not to use:
https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol