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Web Date: December 22, 2017

U.S. FDA halts use of triclosan in health care antiseptics

Agency defers action on two quaternary ammonium compounds
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: chemical regulation, triclosan, FDA, Food & Drug Administration, quaternary ammonium compounds, antibacterial, antiseptic

The antibacterial compound triclosan, already banned in the U.S. from consumer soaps, will no longer be allowed in antiseptic products used in hospitals and other health care settings. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on Dec. 20 deemed triclosan and 23 other antiseptic ingredients to not be generally recognized as safe and effective.

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