The FDA has recently updated its patient sheet describing the use of triclosan, an antimicrobial found in the majority of consumer products. Since the 1970s triclosan has been added to many over the counter products including toothpastes, hand soap, body washes, furniture and even toys. Evidence links the use of triclosan to the existing problem of antibiotic resistance, as well as its potential endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic effects. The FDA is reporting that the addition of triclosan to hygiene products such as soaps is not more effective than using regular soap and water. Many companies are already making the shift to remove triclosan from their consumer products. How do you educate patients about triclosan in their products? What are your thoughts about this issue?
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