National center for infection control professionals, healthcare experts, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and consumers focused on best practices in hand hygiene and hand sanitizer products

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Infectious Disease Society of America Hand Sanitizers & Swine Flu

We were asked to post the following open letter. Perhaps it should have also been written to elected officials?

Open Letter:

April 27, 2009

To: Board of Directors

Infectious Disease Society of America

RE: Swine Flu/Hand Sanitizer Clarification


Anne Gershon, MD, FIDSA, President
Columbia University College of Physicians
New York, New York

Richard J. Whitley, MD, FIDSA, President-Elect
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA, Vice President
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Board Members:

We've been contacted by several government agencies seeking to procure our alcohol-free formula--as those specific agencies (including The US General Services Administration and US Dept of Transportation) have specifically acknowledged their own internal analysis that has found non-alcohol based formulas (those containing benzalkonium chloride as the active ingredient)are not only equally if not more effective against the broad spectrum of pathogens when compared to alcohol products, but the BAC-based products provide greater persistency, are non-irritating to the skin, are non-flammable and non-toxic.

Several agencies seeking 'emergency fulfillment' of orders today have advised informally that CDC is actually providing misinformation on this topic, as their recommendations are limited to 'alcohol-based gels'...and taken from a manual initially written in 1996. And,that many federal agencies are prohibiting alcohol-based gels in favor of alcohol-free alternatives in connection with safety concerns.

In the midst of this 'crisis', it could prove critical if ISDA were able to issue their own position on the topic and provide their opinion for public information purposes.


Mata Global Solutions,Inc.
d/b/a MGS Brands
d/b/a MGS Soapopular
2490 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, Connecticut 06825
Tel: 203.255.0034
US Distributor of Soapopular: The Consumer Market's Most Popular Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer
Global License: Hy5

No comments: