Title Why antibiotics shouldn’t be in soap Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet COSMOS Magazine Media type Web Country Australia Date 25/04/21 URL https://cosmosmagazine.com/science/why-antibiotics-shouldnt-be-in-soap/ Persons Trevor Lithgow Title Chemicals working against superbug plan Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Daily Mail Media type Web Country United Kingdom Date 11/04/21 URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-9457909/Chemicals-working-against-superbug-plan.html Persons Trevor Lithgow Title Antibacterial Soaps Do More Harm Than Good: Australian Medical Experts Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet The Epoch Times Media type Web Country United States of America Date 25/03/21 Description The widespread use of antibacterial hand wash and hand sanitisers, promoted as a prevention measure against COVID-19, will lead to a rise in superbugs that cause untreatable diseases, Australian biomedical experts warn. URL https://www.theepochtimes.com/antibacterial-soaps-do-more-harm-than-good-australian-medical-experts_3747104.html Persons Trevor Lithgow Title Why there are growing calls to ban antibacterial soaps Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet 3AW693 newstalk Media type Radio Country Australia Date 24/03/21 Description There are growing calls for antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps to be banned.
The soaps are no more effective than regular soaps, but fuel superbugs which are resistant to treatment and can prove deadly.
Director of Monash University’s Centre to Impact Antimicrobial Resistance, Professor Trevor Lithgow, says the labels are marketing ploys.
“I think that we’ve done a great job as a community in promoting hand hygiene … with this heightened awareness comes the anticipation that something that says it’s antibacterial or antimicrobial must therefore be better,” he told Dee Dee.
“Our concern is that they are chemicals which are washed off into the environment and that they do select for drug resistance … characteristics in the super bugs that are being created around us.”
The United States Food and Drug Administration has already banned antibacterial and antimicrobial chemicals from being added to soaps.
URL https://www.3aw.com.au/why-there-are-calls-to-ban-antibacterial-soaps-from-sale/ Persons Trevor Lithgow