FDA Fights Against Bogus Claims From Hand Sanitizer Companies

FDA Fights Against Bogus Claims From Hand Sanitizer Companies

This company believes its products can protect you from some extremely dangerous illnesses…which frightens authorities.

Earlier this June, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced bad news for a company called Innovative BioDefense, Inc. of Lake Forest, California.

The business sells hand sanitizers under the brand Zylast. The FDA stated it’s seeking a permanent injunction against the company as the products are unapproved and Innovative BioDefense, Inc making unsubstantiated claims about them .

Like what? Innovative BioDefense says their products can prevent users from being infected by norovirus, rotavirus, the flu virus, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and, of all things, Ebola.

Sound too promising? The FDA thinks so, too.

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“We’re concerned that people potentially exposed to pathogens may use these products with a false sense of safety,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “This may result in infrequent hand washing, or the substitution of these products for protective gloves and clothing or hand washing, which are the principal methods for protecting against the spread of diseases,” he added.

Claims that a hand sanitizer can protect consumers against infection from pathogens are drug claims and therefore, the products are regulated by the FDA as drugs. But the products from Innovative BioDefense, Inc. haven’t been proven to be safe and effective.

Zylast products include antiseptic lotions, hand washes, and hand sanitizers. The permanent injunction sought by the FDA would prohibit Innovative BioDefense and Cozean from manufacturing, holding, and distributing drug products until they comply with the FD&C Act and its regulations, including approval and labeling requirements.

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