FDA warns Purell to STOP claiming its hand sanitizer can kill flu and Ebola 

FDA warns Purell to STOP claiming its hand sanitizer can kill flu and Ebola Purell makes suggestions on its 'frequently asked questions' page that its hand sanitizers can kill viruses like the flu and Ebola  The FDA this month said that its claims that the hand sanitizers are antiseptics make them unapproved drugs  Purell formulas are made of about 70% ethyl alcohol  While this alcohol content can kill many bacteria, a 90% alcohol formula is needed to kill most viruses  The FDA has demanded that Purell stop making unproven claims about its products  The agency said Purell's hand sanitizers qualify as 'drugs' but have not been approved

By Natalie Rahhal Acting Us Health Editor

Published: 20:45 GMT, 28 January 2020 | Updated: 20:45 GMT, 28 January 2020

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US regulators are demanding that Purell stop telling consumers that its hand sanitizers can kill viruses like flu and Ebola. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an an exhaustive warning letter to GOJO Industries, the maker of Purell products. 

In addition to its insistence that Purell stop making 'false claims' about its products, the FDA said that Purell's alcohol products qualify as drugs - but have not been approved for their advertised uses by the FDA. 

Purell is far and away the most popular brand-name hand sanitizer in the US - but so long as it claims to use alcohol for the 'mitigation...or prevention of disease,' it is also distributing a drug illegally. 

The FDA has hit out at Purell for claiming its hand sanitizer can kill viruses like flu and Ebola, uses that the popular disinfectant is not approved for in the US

The FDA has hit out at Purell for claiming its hand sanitizer can kill viruses like flu and Ebola, uses that the popular disinfectant is not approved for in the US 

The claim is all over Purell's bottles, branding, website, and product descriptions: 'Proven to kill 99.9% of germs on the hands.' 

It's a bold

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