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Should NZ ban triclosan in antibacterial soaps? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 7th, 2016.

Following the United States FDA banning some antibacterial products, like handsoaps, because they contain an environmentally-damaging ingredient – the debate has reignited about whether New Zealand should follow suit. Triclosan – a product in many types of antibacterial soaps, children’s toys and toothpaste – has been found to have detrimental effects in the environment, where […]

Antibacterial products banned in the US – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 6th, 2016.

A substance found in many antibacterial consumer products – like handsoaps and toothpaste – has been banned from some products in the United States because of its environmental effects. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month accepted an application from the Green Party to consider grounds for reassessing triclosan. The Science Media Centre asked […]

Approving the new female libido-boosting drug – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on June 10th, 2015.

An expert advisory panel for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted in favour of conditionally approving a drug designed to boost low sexual desire in women. What could this mean for New Zealand? While technically the FDA may not approve the drug, called flibanserin, it often follows the advice of its experts. […]

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