FDA Lets Pharmacists Use Food-Grade Alcohol In Sanitizer Compounding

By Kelly Lienhard / April 1, 2020 at 5:56 PM
After pushback from pharmacists, FDA added a footnote to its temporary March 14 compounding guidance allowing pharmacists to use food-grade alcohol, in place of the standard United States Pharmacopeia (USP)-approved alcohol, to compound hand sanitizer for the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency. The footnote, added early this week, states the alcohol, made synthetically, can only be used for pharmaceutical compounding if it meets USP or Food Chemical Codex grade standards. In the original version of the guidance , the...

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