With the emergence of the novel coronavirus, Americans have joined together to do our part to slow the spread of this deadly disease. In addition to using face masks and social distancing, hand hygiene is considered an integral part of the response to CoVID-19. The CDC recommends that people frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
In the early months of the pandemic, hand sanitizer was hard to come by. New companies stepped in to fill the empty shelves, and while many made a safe and useful product, some companies began selling sanitizer that was downright dangerous. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of defective hand sanitizer, you may want to know what legal options are available to you. The skilled attorneys at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt can help determine if you have a case.
The FDA has recalled over 100 types of hand sanitizer
Why Are Hand Sanitizers Being Recalled?
The increase in demand for hand sanitizer due to the pandemic has led to dangerous products being sold around the country. Some hand sanitizers are making misleading claims about the effectiveness of their products. Purell advertised that its hand sanitizer could prevent “99.9 percent of illness-causing germs”, a claim that the FDA contested. Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against the company stating that “These claims lack a scientific basis”.
Many alcohol distilleries have stepped up to the plate to begin manufacturing hand sanitizer due to the national shortage. But not all these new manufacturers have been using denatured alcohol in creating hand sanitizer because of the cost, and because it can damage their equipment. Using denatured alcohol is required because it makes a product taste terrible, which helps prevent children from ingesting it. Additionally, some manufacturers began using small bottles that resemble soda or liquor bottles, which could also lead to accidental ingestion.
Worse yet, some sanitizers have now been found to contain deadly ingredients. In June, the FDA warned that hand sanitizers containing methanol were being sold, and issued a warning the following month about a rising number of adverse reactions to hand sanitizer, including blindness, hospitalizations, and deaths. Most of the hand sanitizer brands containing methanol are being imported from Mexico, and the FDA has been struggling to keep these dangerous products off the shelves.
Hand sanitizer packaged in bottles that resemble liquor bottles can lead to accidental ingestion
Effects of Methanol Poisoning
Children are the most at risk if they ingest methanol, but adults can easily be poisoned by it as well. Methanol can also be dangerous if rubbed on the skin or inhaled. Contact time, exposure, and dosage can all affect how serious a reaction an individual has.
Methanol poisoning can have severe side effects including:
If you are concerned you may be experiencing methanol poisoning, you should immediately seek medical treatment in an effort to potentially reverse the symptoms. Often however, these side effects are permanent.
Which Hand Sanitizers Have Been Recalled?
The FDA has now issued recalls for over 100 hand sanitizer products and the list continues to grow. Some of the brands recalled are:
- 4e Global
- AAA Cosmetica
- Albek de Mexico
- Argent Defense Group
- Dolphin Hands
- Medically Minded
- Total Pure
- Medek M Hand Sanitizer
- All Clear
Among many others. To find out if your hand sanitizer has been recalled, visit the FDA’s website on the topic.
Filing a Lawsuit Against a Hand Sanitizer Company
For a product liability lawsuit to be successful, you will have to prove that your injuries were a direct result of the product. You may also wish to join in a class action lawsuit against a company, depending on the nature of your claim.
To help you navigate these complex legal issues, talk to an experienced hand sanitizer recall attorney today. The team at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt has over 30 years of litigating product liability cases. We work on contingency, meaning you don’t owe us a thing until we win your case. Contact us today at 1-866-869-5318 or by filling out our form online.