FDA warns of ‘life-threatening’ methanol-based hand sanitizers, authorizes new COVID-19 test kits

The Food and Drug Administration last week warned of methanol’s toxic and “not acceptable” suitability for use as an active ingredient in hand sanitizer. Methanol is a wood alcohol more commonly used for the creation of fuel or antifreeze. FDA said it has seen an increase in methanol’s use in hand sanitizers, resulting in adverse events among adults and children that include blindness, hospitalizations and death. 

FDA also authorized the emergency use of a trio of COVID-19 test kits: 

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