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Public Alert No: 20/2021 – Recall of Hand Sanitizers by DiBAR Nutricional due to the presence of Methanol. (Wood alcohol)

June 29, 2021,

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  has received information from US FDA that Nutricional S,de R,L De C.V (Dibar) is recalling all Dibar Labs Hand sanitizers, ProtectoRX Hand sanitizers and Advance Hand sanitizers due to the presence of 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 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 recall was initiated after the FDA analysis found the product to contain methanol in lab testing.

Details of Recalled Products

Product Name Manufacturer Pack Size Lot Number NDC
Dibar Labs Hand sanitizers. Nutricional S,de R,L De C.V (DiBAR) Mexico 8 oz

16 oz

All lots NDC-73009-001-08
ProtectoRX Hand sanitizers 2 oz

16 oz

NDC:73009-001
Advance Hand sanitizers 16 oz NDC-73009-001-16

 

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.

Health care providers and 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.

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to report any problem related to the use of any hand sanitizers to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLL FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or via e reporting platform available on NAFDAC websites www.nafdac.gov.ng or via Med Safety application available for download on Android and IOS.

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

Signed Management

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