I have made some connections with the EPA, Dr. Maryann Suero for one, and got first word of this good news on triclosan Friday.
FDA issues final rule on safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps
Rule removes triclosan and triclocarban from over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body washes
FDA News Release:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products…”
“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
Here is the pre-publication notice- the list of 19 (which includes triclosan and triclocarban) begins on page 15: