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A Comparison of the Antimicrobial Efficacy of Triclosan® and Benzalkonium Chloride Soaps

      BACKGROUND: In 2017 the FDA released a new rule for consumer antimicrobial hand washes that requires removal of Triclosan® active ingredient from consumer antimicrobial hand washes by September 6, 2017. The FDA has also requested additional effectiveness and safety data to support the use of triclosan and other active ingredients in healthcare antimicrobial hand washes and hand rubs. Infection prevention professionals at facilities that use triclosan hand washes should be prepared to evaluate alternatives for effectiveness and staff tolerance.
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