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Public ALERT No: 019/2020-USFDA Recall Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

October 23, 2020,

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  has received information from US FDA on the  recall of all alcohol- based hand sanitizer products that are labelled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol.

Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxicity

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.

The details of the Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers subject to the US FDA recall notification are as shown in the table below:

Details of Recalled Products

Product Name Manufacturer Pack Size Lot Number NDC Expiry
Cleaner Hand Sanitizer DMM Vision  S.A DE Mexico 1200ml LC2020407 7579900004 April 2021
Cleaner Hand Sanitizer DMM Vision  S.A DE Mexico 500ml LC2020408 757990002 April2021
Cleaner Hand Sanitizer DMM Vision S.A DE Mexico 1200ml LC2020502 757990004 May 2021
Cleaner Hand Sanitizer DMM Vision M S.A DE Mexico 1200ml LC2020504 757990004 May2021
Cleaner Hand Sanitizer. DMM Vision S.A DE Mexico 1200ml LC2020507 75799004 May2021
M Hand Sanitizer Medek LLC  USA 3785ml All lots 7543200102 NA

Photo of recalled cleaner hand sanitizers

NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance to avoid the distribution, sale and use of methanol alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Members of the public in possession of methanol alcohol-based hand sanitizers are implored to discontinue sale or use and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

NAFDAC encourages members of the public to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) recommends the  use of  an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropanol as part of the measures put in place to mitigate the possible risk of spreading the COVID 19 Virus.

NAFDAC encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events related to the use of any Hand sanitizer to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng

NAFDAC……..Customer-focused, Agency-minded!!!

Signed Management

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