Pharmacist Doug: Science Behind Hand Sanitizer


Meaghan: IF YOU USE HAND SANITIZER, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE INGREDIENTS IN YOUR HAND SANITIZER HAVE CHANGED SEVERAL TIMES IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. PHARMACIST DOUG IS IN TODAY TO TELL US ABOUT THESE CHANGES. WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING? WHAT’S THE DEAL? SO THE F.D.A. IS EVALUATING AND REVIEWING INGREDIENTS AND THEY’VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE 2016. THERE WAS SOME CONTROVERSY WITH HANDTIZER. FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY IN APRIL THEY CAME OUT WITH OFFICIAL LIST OF BANNED INGREDIENTS. Meaghan: WHY IS THERE CONTROVERSY ABOUT HAND SANITIZE SANITIZER? THERE IS A BIG LONG LIST, BUT THERE WAS ONE INGREDIENT THAT WE’VE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME IS AN ENDOCRINE DISRUPTER. THERE’S SOME PEOPLE WHO USE HAND SANITIZER A LOT. AND TRICLOSAN CAN DISRUPT YOUR HORMONES. Meaghan: THAT’S CRAZY. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS IS NOT THAT DEEP; IT’S HAND SANITIZER, BUT IT CAN MAKE A LASTING IMPACT. KILL. SO THREE YEARS AGO AND AFTER THAT THEY WERE STILL PUTTING SOME OF THESE BANNED INGREDIENTS IN. SO NOW IT’S OFFICIAL. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO FIND IT BECAUSE THEY MADE THAT TRANSITION. IT’S NOT — LIKE PEOPLE WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT F.D.A. MAKING SLOW MOVEMENTS. Meaghan: THAT SEEMS LIKE IT’S KIND OF SLOW? AND IT’S FINE. THAT GIVES EVERYBODY A CHANCE TO — THEY REALLY REVIEWED THE SCIENCE VERY HARD. SO I THINK IT’S A VERY POSITIVE THING. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ETHYL ALCOHOL. YES, ETHYL ALCOHOL AND AOMS AND BENDS BENDS. Meaghan: THAT’S OKAY. YOU SHOULDN’T BE AFRAID OF IT. NO THE F.A.A. SAYS THEY WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW THOSE THREE THAT ARE HARMLESS, BUT THEY WILL CONTINUE REVIEWING THEM, AND THEY WILL MAKE A DECISION. THEY SAY AT THE END OF THEIR COMMENT, OR NOT. Meaghan: OR NOT. WE’LL SEE. FEELING CUTE. WE’LL SEE IF WE MAKE A DECISION. SHOULDN’T WE, THOUGH, JUST WATCH OUR HANDS. SHOULDN’T THAT BE OUR GUIDELINE? THE C.D.C. REPEATS IT. THEY SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THE VERY BEST THING IS TO WATCH YOUR HAND, PHYSICALLY WASH YOUR HANDS. I REMEMBER SEEING ON THIS STATION, JACKIE KINGSTON SAYING SHE SINGS THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG. SO THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. ONLY IF YOU DON’T HAVE WATER USE THE HAND SANITIZER. DON’T USE IT. Meaghan: THAT SHOULD NOT BE YOUR GO-TO. BUT DO YOU HAVE SOME GOOD D.I.Y. HACKS. YOU ALWAYS TOO A GOOD JOB WITH THESE. AT DRUG EMPORIUM, WE HAVE TWO GREAT THINGS. ORIGI-SPRAY. IT’S A GREAT — Meaghan: YOU PUT IT ON YOU HANDS OR YOUR FOOD? OH. WHAT IS IT? SO ESSENTIAL OILS. SO ONE IS PREDOMINANTLY CLOVE AND ONE IS PREDOMINANTLY CINNAMON. THAT’S BROAD SPECTRUM. THAT SANITIZES? THAT’S SO INTERESTING. THEY PUT LAVENDER AND STUFF SO IT DOESN’T SMELL LIKE A BOWL OF SPAGHETTI WITH OREGANO IN IT. Meaghan: I WONDERED IF IT IS OREGANO. IT IS. Meaghan: THAT’S INTERESTING, BUT ALSO ESSENTIAL OILS IN GENERAL. LEMON GRASS, YOU DILUTE AND GERANIUM DILUTE. YOU CAN DO YOU OWN AND MAKE YOUR OWN. I USE ONE. SO THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS. SO THIS ETHYL ALCOHOL MAY DRY YOUR HANDS OUT. THAT’S A COMPLAINT. ALWAYS WATCH YOUR HANDS. WE’LL PUT THE LIST OF THESE INGREDIENTS ON MYHIGHPLAINS.COM. DOUGIE, THANKS FOR COMING BY. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER TOPICS, GO SEE MY FRIEND DOUG OVER AT DRUG EMPORIUM ON 45th. SOMETIMES WE ALL HAVE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND WE CAN’T FOCUS ON STAYING ON TRACK. JODY HOLLAND IS IN NEXT WITH SOME TIPS TO HELP US.