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Safety of Triclosan, a Common Antimicrobial

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Air date: July 25, 2010

Host: David Crabb, MD

Healthcare Policy & Public Health Safety
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Interview: Douglas Throckmorton, MD, Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration

The FDA has announced itís going to review an antibacterial chemical known as triclosan, an an antibacterial agent that is found in everything from soaps to cosmetics to toothpaste to toys. Triclosan stops the growth of
bacteria, fungus, and mildew. It also deodorizes.

Now, however, the Food and Drug Administration is conducting safety review of triclosan because itís been found to alter hormones in tests on animals.

Sound Medicineís Dr. David Crabb spoke with Dr. Douglas Throckmorton, deputy director at the FDA, about the safety of products that include this chemical.

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