The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its hand sanitizer products can prevent the Ebola virus,media BGR reported. The complaint stems from a statement on the website of Purell’s parent company, which states that ethanol in Purell’s products “may be effective for viruses such as Ebola, norovirus and influenza.” “
The FDA argues that the language used on Purell’s website is vague and easy to mislead consumers. The FDA said Purell’s description of how its products work or how they might fight certain viruses involved “out-of-bounds” campaigns and should be changed.
Here’s a detailed explanation from the FDA:
These statements made in the FAQ section clearly indicate your recommendation that PURELL ®Healthcare Advanced Hand sanitizer is designed to reduce or prevent diseases caused by the Ebola virus, norovirus and influenza. Therefore, these statements are evidence of the intended use of your product. However, the FDA does not currently have any appropriate and well-controlled studies that show that killing or reducing the number of bacteria or viruses on the skin to a certain extent can reduce the number of clinical infections or diseases caused by such bacteria or viruses accordingly.
In short, the FDA says the company must immediately remove misleading language. For now, Purell may have to change its description of the product or risk falling into deeper conflict with regulators.