Hand Sanitizers: What to Know

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced another round of restrictions on certain hand sanitizers containing Methanol. Studies have shown that hand sanitizers with Methanol can cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting and other side effects.

Beta Sciences offers a safe and effective hand sanitizer that contains 80% ethyl alcohol, making it effective at neutralizing certain germs on people’s hands.

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the CDC has been reminding the public of the precautions that are needed to curb the spread of the novel virus. They’ve reiterated the importance of social distancing, wearing face coverings, and constantly washing your hands. With these safety guidelines in place, many commodities have flown off the shelves. One of the coveted commodities is hand sanitizer.

The CDC states everyone should be washing their hands often, with soap and water. But, soap and water aren’t always readily available for an individual to use. That is where hand sanitizer comes in. According to the CDC, “if soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.” Sanitizer works to kill certain germs on the skin and the higher the alcohol percentage usually translates to higher efficacy.

As the coronavirus continues to surge in the United States, and around the world, people are scrambling to get their hands on any form of sanitizer they can find. Unfortunately, there are individuals taking advantage of this increased need for the product and putting people at risk by promoting hand sanitizer products using false claims or harmful ingredients. Before you go out to buy hand sanitizer, here are some things to consider:

  1. The dangers of certain hand sanitizers being  marketed and sold
  2. How to ensure you buy a safe and effective hand sanitizer for you and your family

Here is our quick guide!

The Dangers of the Hand Sanitizers Being Sold

The coronavirus has led to an increased need of hand sanitizer products. But, with increased need, comes increased opportunity to purchase counterfeit products. According to the FDA, they have seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products claiming to contain ethanol but have tested positive for methanol contamination.

Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a substance that is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested, and can have life-threatening consequences when ingested. Some of the adverse side effects include blindness, hospitalization, and even death. The FDA has flagged hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico due to the presence of methanol in their products.

But, methanol isn’t the only threat associated with the various hand sanitizer products on the market. There are products being manufactured that don’t contain the proper amount of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, rendering them ineffective. There are also some manufacturers who have been marketing their products using misleading claims such as preventing the spread of the coronavirus or prolonged protection, up to 24-hours.

People may also see hand sanitizer products that have been packaged in a way that leads them to believe they can be ingested; no hand sanitizer product should be ingested, as it is dangerous. Lastly, some manufacturers claim to be “FDA-approved.” They play into people’s trust of health organizations but the FDA does not approve any brand of hand sanitizer

What can you do to ensure you don’t fall into the trap of purchasing a fraudulent product?

Buying a Safe & Effective Hand Sanitizer Product

One of the easiest ways to ensure you buy a safe and effective product is to read the label. Check the ingredients list, ensure it contains at least 60% of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, and look for marks that can be misleading, such as “FDA-approved” or claims to stop the coronavirus. Another suggestion is to buy from a reputable source.

Beta Sciences is an American distributor of PPE, based out of Florida. Their hand sanitizer is manufactured in an FDA OTC registered facility. This means that while the FDA does not approve the over-the-counter (OTC) product, the FDA is evaluating the ingredients and labeling of these products as part of the FDA OTC Drug Review Program. Their hand sanitizer also contains 80% ethyl alcohol, making it effective at neutralizing certain germs on people’s hands. To learn more, please visit the Beta Sciences website at www.BetaSciences.com