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Drug Information Update- FDA Warns Consumers in Puerto Rico of Harmful Bacteria in Hand Sanitizers

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The Division of Drug Information (DDI) is CDER’s focal point for public inquiries. We serve the public by providing information on human drug products and drug product regulation by FDA.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers in Puerto Rico that two hand sanitizers – “Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer” with Aloe Vera (10 fl. oz. or 1 gallon bottles) and “MD Quality Hand Sanitizer” with Aloe Vera (10 fl oz. bottles) – contain high levels of a bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia, that can cause serious infections in humans.

The products are manufactured by Puerto Rico Beverage Inc. of Maunabo, and distributed by Lord Pharmaceuticals LLC, Bee International Distributors, and Morales Distributors Inc. The hand sanitizers are distributed only in Puerto Rico.

Burkholderia can cause harm when hand sanitizers are used on skin with cuts or abrasions. Infections caused by the microbe that begin in the skin may progress farther into the body and require medical or surgical attention.

Although no adverse effects with these products have been reported to the FDA, the agency is recommending that consumers not use them and throw them away.

For more information, please visit PR Hand Sanitizers

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March 4, 2010 - Posted by | 1

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