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FDA warns Purell makers to correct unproven claims in its marketing

The agency says the products have not been shown to kill germs linked to MRSA and VRE

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Part of the function of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to make sure companies don’t make false claims when advertising their products, and that appears to be what’s happening in the case of Gojo Industries, the maker of Purell hand sanitizer. 

FDA officials have sent a warning letter to Gojo over some of the language that the company has used in its marketing materials. This includes claims that some Purell products have the ability to kill germs that are linked to MRSA and VRE. 

Regulators say that these claims are unproven and misrepresent the products as more than just an over-the-counter antiseptic. The agency says that Gojo must investigate and correct these violations so that it can come back into compliance.

“It is your responsibility to ensure that your firm complies with all requirements of federal law and FDA regulations,” the agency said in its warning. “You should take prompt action to correct the violations cited in this letter.”

Gojo has been given 15 days to notify the FDA about the specific steps that it will take to correct the violations in its marketing materials. Failure to do so could result in legal action by the agency.

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