The FDA Revisits a Decades-Old Debate About Antibacterial Soap

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Killing the germs on hands isn’t enough anymore—consumers are now disinfecting their entire bodies. Maybe you’re emboldened by the thought of annihilating germs, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the claims of some sanitizing products might all be baloney. It’s also worried that the overuse of certain drugs—including the ones in soap and body wash—is making them less effective.

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