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The CDC is warning consumers about the risks of methanol-based hand sanitizers following reports of serious adverse health events from their use.

At a Glance

Methanol in hand sanitizers is a health risk

Most commercially available alcohol-based hand sanitizers contain either ethanol or isopropanol as active ingredients. On June 19, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, because it may contain methanol, a toxic alcohol which can cause blindness or death when absorbed through the skin or when swallowed. Since then, the FDA has identified additional sanitizer products that contain methanol, and is working with manufacturers and distributors on a voluntary recall of these products.

What you should do

The public is advised to:

Clinicians are advised to be highly suspicious of methanol poisoning when a patient presents with a history of ingestion of alcohol-based hand sanitizers or rubs, compatible signs and symptoms, and laboratory findings.



Links referenced
FDA list »    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol
Eskbiochem SA de CV    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol
additional sanitizer products    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol
FDA update on methanol in hand sanitizer products    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol
FDA's testing and manufacturer's recalls list    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol
FDA's testing and manufacturer's recalls list    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol

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