COVID-19: Rwanda FDA bans use of Purell-instant, Guard- hand sanitizers

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 8 September 2020 at 08:11

Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (Rwanda FDA) has banned the use, sale and distribution of Purell- instant hand sanitizer (60ml) manufactured by BELLA Limited and Guard- hands sanitizers (30ml) manufactured by KVMS Co ltd, effective, August 4, 2020 .

These drugs have been discontinued under the guidelines that hand sanitizers should contain ethanol alcohol at a rate of between 70% and 80% or isopropyl alcohol at 75%.

The Rwanda FDA said that based on laboratory tests conducted by the agency, it was found that the Guard-Hands sanitizer (30ml) and the purell-instant hand sanitizer (60ml) did not meet the requirements and thus ‘the drugs were discontinued’.

Rwanda FDA warns people that methanol is not used in the manufacture of hand sanitizers because it is used as pesticide and has a detrimental effect on health. The agency requires users of hand sanitizers to check the information on the bottle in which the drug is purchased.

These guidelines are 70% to 80% ethanol or 75% isopropyl and other important ones include glyceline and hydrogen peroxide.

Guard-Hands sanitizer and the purell-instant hand sanitizer did not meet the requirements and thus were discontinued.

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