It may feel like COVID-19 is turning our lives upside down, sideways and backwards over the last few months. For some, it has made daily life downright scary. And now, when soaps, disinfectants, and cleaning products are still hard to find on store shelves, consumers need to be extra cautious of which hand sanitizers they use.
The FDA recently warned consumers to avoid certain brands of hand sanitizer for fear they are contaminated with methanol. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a chemical that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. CBS News reported that the agency is “aware of cases of adults and children who have ingested hand sanitizer made with methanol, which has led to blindness, hospitalizations and death.”
It’s a scary thought. But is a product safety issue like this surprising? Not exactly.
Don’t misunderstand. These findings are devastating. And the companies involved represent only a miniscule number of the organizations working hard to provide SAFE and EFFECTIVE products to consumers. But when you have a perfect storm of business and operational challenges – stressed internal resources, new companies jumping in to help meet demand, disrupted supply chains, and limited regulatory oversight– quality and safety mistakes are more likely to occur.
This case puts yet another spotlight on risks facing pharmaceutical and medical device companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are three of the most important lessons we think you should learn from this recent product safety issue:
There’s going to be something for everyone to learn in this evolving case study. The question is whether you take the opportunity to learn from it now or wait until the lesson is much more expensive.
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