Stop Buying Soaps Whose Vendors Lure You with the Label 'Antibacterial'

Overuse of antibiotics creates the very kinds of bacteria that these drugs can no longer destroy. Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious public health threats of the 21st century.

Somewhere around 90,000 patients in the U.S. die each year as a result of hospital-acquired infection. This is up from just 13,300 patient deaths in 1992.

Ralph Nader, writing in Common Dreams, argues:

“There are lots to be done by many participants in the production, prescription, sale and use of these drugs. You can start by questioning your doctor and not buying soaps, handwipes and cleaning agents whose vendors lure you with the label ‘antibacterial.’”

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