Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Ingestion in the News

Corporate Statement

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Ingestion in the News

We are aware of recent media reports regarding alcohol-based hand sanitizer and its misuse related to ingestion.  

While alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been safely and effectively used for over 25 years, we recognize that there may be incidents of misuse.  To discourage misuse by ingestion, PURELL products contain bitter, unpleasant-tasting ingredients that make them undesirable to drink. PURELL dispensers also provide an added layer of deterrence, as they are fully enclosed and dispense a controlled amount of product.  We encourage schools to place dispensers in highly visible, high-traffic locations, making them available in areas where germs easily spread and making misuse both difficult and obvious. In addition, labels on PURELL products provide a recommendation to keep out of reach of children and advise that children 6 years and younger are supervised by an adult when using the product. 

The benefits of alcohol-based hand sanitizers for safeguarding public health are well-documented in many settings, including schools, healthcare facilities, restaurants, military and business settings.  Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are recommended by many leading health organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Canada and the World Health Organization to fight the spread of germs that cause illness and infection.