On September 2nd the FDA released a final ruling on the use of triclosan and 18 other commonly used active ingredients in many antibacterial hand soaps. Manufacturers will no longer be able to market these products in the United States. Long term safety concerns including bacterial resistance and hormone disruption in users as well as failure of manufacturers to prove their products are more/as effective as plain soap and water were cited as areas of concern.
As you may remember, triclosan is the active ingredient contained in Colgate Total. At this time, the FDA has not recommended the removal of triclosan from toothpaste or many other household goods.
At SoundBridge we have chosen to dispense products that do not contain triclosan in order to be prudent where our patient’s health is concerned.