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For the second consecutive year, HIBICLENS® antiseptic skin cleanser was the most recommended antibacterial soap by pharmacists, according to the 2016 Pharmacy Times and US News & World Report Survey of Pharmacists' OTC Recommendations.
At a time when super bugs and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are garnering headlines and alcohol-based hand sanitizers are under increased scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for effectiveness, prevention has never been more important. HIBICLENS® is recognized as strong enough for medical care, gentle enough for motherly care. Whether incorporated into a daily skin cleansing routine, or used once as a skin antiseptic as part of a pre-operative plan, washing with HIBICLENS® at home kills germs on contact.
HIBICLENS can continue working for up to 24 hours; this long lasting HIBICLENS point of difference is particularly important when you consider that the average person comes in contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, which exposes them to 840,000 germs.
In addition, HIBICLENS® is proven to be gentle enough for even sensitive skin and washes clean, leaving a layer of protection without any sticky residue.
HIBICLENS® is widely available nationwide in the first aid aisle of drug stores, mass merchandisers, and grocery chains, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Walmart and Publix. HIBICLENS® has a 40-year heritage in the hospital setting as a preoperative bathing product and for hand hygiene.
During the January to April survey period, participating pharmacists recommended antibacterial soaps an average of 646,500 times each month and HIBICLENS® was the recommendation 38 percent of the time among nine brand name products that garnered at least 1 percent of recommendations.
"Pharmacists are an important source of OTC recommendations for consumers," said Janet Carter Smith, vice president of retail for Mölnlycke Health Care. "We are pleased that pharmacists, one of the most trusted healthcare professionals among consumers, consistently recognize the important benefit HIBICLENS® provides to consumers who are concerned about eliminating germs that can cause infections and illness."
The annual survey of brand name over-the-counter products, conducted by Pharmacy Times and U.S. News & World Report, analyzes the collective recommendations of thousands of pharmacists for more than 1,100 over-the-counter brands, representing over 150 product categories, from pain and inflammation to cough and cold and topicals such as antibacterial soaps.
Source: Mölnlycke Health Care U.S.