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NMJ. 2015; 4(2): 115-117

Triclosan Toxicity – a myth or reality

1B.V. Subrahmanyam, M.D., F.A.F.M., D.Cr.L; 2K.S.V.K.Subba Rao, M.S., MCh 3Dr. P. Rama Mohan, M.D.D.M; 4Dr. R. Sivakumar; 5Dr. Galeti Chandra Sekhar.


Triclosan is an antibacterial substance. To start with in 1972, it was confined to use in hospital settings. Now
it has become ubiquitous in soaps, deodorants, tooth pastes, cosmetics, toys, fabrics. However with effect
from 01.01.2017 this substance is recommended to be banned also due to varied perceived toxic effects. This
article discusses the same.

Key words: Triclosan • Antibacterial use • Toxic effects • Ban.

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