Purell’s unproven disease-fighting claims get sanitized after FDA warning

Comedian Seth Meyers sprays hand sanitizer into his mouth.

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marketing might need something like this. (credit:
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The maker of Purell hand sanitizers is washing away some
unproven marketing claims that its products reduce school
absenteeism and prevent infections from germs such as Ebola,
norovirus, flu, and certain drug-resistant infections.

The marketing disinfection comes after the Food and Drug
Administration issued
a warning letter
to Purell’s parent company, GOJO Industries.
The letter, dated January 17 and released this week, stated that
the company’s claims violated federal regulations and that the
agency now considers Purell hand sanitizers unapproved new
drugs.

The FDA also noted that it is “unaware of any adequate and
well-controlled clinical trials in the published literature that
support” GOJO’s claims.

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Purell’s unproven disease-fighting claims get sanitized after FDA warning