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More About Antibacterial Hand Soaps

Written by Pathways Magazine   
Thursday, 01 December 2005 00:00

It’s debatable that the use of antimicrobial and antiviral products is the right thing to do. Concerns have been raised that the widespread use of antimicrobials may play a role in promoting antibiotic resistance, a growing public health threat. The AMA, for instance, has urged the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the use of antimicrobials in consumer products.

“Antibacterial hand soaps are damned foolishness, frankly,” said Dr. Hendley. “You can get rid of rhinovirus within two seconds of rinsing your hands with water. It’s not hard to get rid of.”

Excerpted from an article by Susan J. Landers, AMNews staff. Aug. 23/30, 2004.

Pathways Issue 8 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #08.

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