FDA: Hand Sanitizers Do Not Prevent MRSA Infection

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Tec already has made changes to its website and is considering re-designing its labels. Langley said the company tested Staphaseptic before putting it on the market and found that it did, in fact, kill MRSA bacteria.

"We truly believe the claim is truthful and not misleading," Langley said. "We have done lab tests, yes. We are going to submit all that information to the FDA."

Because Staphaseptic is an over-the-counter drug, it has not been through the rigorous FDA testing and approval process necessary in order to say that it in any way prevents, stops or cures a disease.

"They are concerned with MRSA and people using products that are for MRSA. They don't want people to have a false sense of security, I guess," Langley said.

CleanWell said in a statement that there is "ample justification for the claims" and that some of the FDA's concerns "appear to be based on a fundamental misunderstanding of CleanWell's products."

Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co. declined to comment.

JD Nelson and Associates could not be reached for comment.

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