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SDA, CTFA provide FDA with antimicrobial data. (Regulations).

* A citizen petition filed by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) urges that the FDA's final monograph for over-the-counter (OTC) health care antiseptic drug products include all topical antimicrobial categories, including consumer and food handling products.

The Coalition offered the following supporting comments:

* Risk of infection occurs in the workplace, at home, in schools and other public places due to the transmission of bacteria, food-borne pathogens and other microorganisms.

* Health care is not limited to clinical settings; it extends into the workplace and home, where similar bacteria may lurk. Control of microorganisms found on the skin is important to public health.

* A number of studies have demonstrated the ability of topical consumer products to reduce bacteria on the hands and the body, as well as the risk of infection.

* The use of topical antimicrobial products plays a critical role in infection control. Consequently, there should not be an artificial division of the products into "professional health care products" and "consumer products."

"We want to ensure that the FDA has the most current scientific data from which to base its decisions," said a Coalition spokesperson.
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Date:Jul 1, 2003
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