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Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers

According to the CDC,

“Most commercially available alcohol-based hand sanitizers or rubs (ABHSR) contain either ethanol or isopropanol as active ingredients. On June 19, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by “Eskbiochem SA de CV” in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol, a “toxic alcohol”, as an active ingredient, which can cause blindness and/or death when absorbed through the skin or when swallowed. Since then, FDA has identified additional ABHSR products that contain methanol and is working with manufacturers and distributors on a voluntary recall of these products.” (

We advise our patients to stop using any of these methanol-based ABHSR products immediately. If you have consumed any of these products or are experiencing symptoms from repeated use, seek immediate medical attention and contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice.

Reminder: NEVER swallow alcohol-based hand sanitizers or use them for anything outside their intended purpose.

See the FDA website for updates on hand sanitizers containing methanol:

For general questions about hand sanitizers, email FDA at

For questions about hand sanitizer containing methanol, email FDA at

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