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FDA Links Serious Allergic Reactions to Skin Antiseptics

By Burg Simpson
February 7, 2017
1 min read

On February 2, 2017, FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication that warned that “serious allergic reactions have been reported with the widely used skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate.”  These over-the-counter (OTC) skin cleansers can be found in most major pharmacies.  FDA reports that reactions to these products can occur very quickly after exposure and symptoms include: wheezing or difficulty breathing, facial swelling, hives, severe rash, or shock.

Some of these reactions have required individuals to seek emergency medical treatment.  In fact, two deaths have been associated with allergic reactions associated with chlorhexidine gluconate.

It is apparent from FDA’s Drug Safety Communication, that many OTC skin antiseptics containing chlorhexidine gluconate failed to provide appropriate warnings related to such adverse events.  Accordingly, FDA has now asked manufacturers of these products to add sufficient warnings to their labeling.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries that you believe were caused by a skin antiseptic containing chlorhexidine gluconate contact one of the experienced product liability attorneys at Burg Simpson today. Our award-winning lawyers would be happy to discuss your potential claim. Call 1-800-713-9340 or fill out our contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.

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