FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem
[6/19/2020] FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.
On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially dangerous products from the market. Therefore, FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.
FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.
FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers. Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as 24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support these claims.
To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand sanitizer products. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
- Complete and submit the report online; or
- Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.
COVID 19 funds
Seniors’ need in Pinal and Gila counties continues to grow during the COVID pandemic. It is a fact that the older adult population is one of the hardest hit by the virus, especially those who are socially isolated, have chronic health illnesses, are economically disadvantaged, or are ethnic minorities. The State DES Aging & Adult Administration notified PGCSC that as an Area Agency on Aging in the Region, we are a focal point charged with meeting the needs of homebound and socially isolated seniors in the area to the best of our abilities.
To date, Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens staff, coordinating through their many community partners and volunteers, were able to get 5,600 meals, 2,000 bottles of bleach, and toilet tissue to 10 senior center communities in Pinal and Gila counties. Most items were purchased by Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens contributions, donations, and utilization of Federal COVID 19 funds.
The shipment was so large and heavy that PGCSC called for help from our community brother and sister agencies. Thanks to the Pinal County Health Department emergency staff unit, Jan Vidimos, arrangements were made to bring in the National Guard to deliver to over 9 community senior centers within Pinal and Gila counties. Once the products are delivered, the City staff or provider agencies will deliver to homebound and congregate meal seniors. The Cities, Towns, and provider agencies participating are Eloy, Coolidge, Florence, Casa Grande, Superior, Globe, Miami, Apache Junction, Payson Multipurpose Senior Center, Catholic Social Services of Southern AZ, and the Army National Guard.
The State of AZ, DES Department of Aging & Adult leadership, made it a priority to provide technical assistance and remove policy obstacles that would hinder the way of getting food to our seniors.
Fernando Cornejo from Eva’s Fine Mexican Food assisted in helping PGCSC obtain over 2,500 gallons of bleach and tissue when all grocery shelves were empty, and also prepared 30 emergency meals for delivery.
Scott McEuen called to donate masks made by Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints within 3 minutes of PGCSC making a request for Handmade Masks. Dottie Sanchez from Globe and Shelly Hanley from Casa Grande also helped make masks for seniors. Over 600 masks have been made to deliver to seniors.
Volunteers Tito Medina, Jose Gonzales, and Mac Martinez helped package and deliver food and bleach to the Food Banks. CAHRA’S staff and Santa Cruz Food Bank volunteers and Maricopa Food Bank volunteers helped distribute supplies to seniors.