Medicines update

The efficacy of antibacterial soap is under question in the latest medicines update, alongside news that hepatic encephalopathy treatment, Xifaxan 500 has been listed on the PBS, while NPS MedicineWise is urging parents to ensure their children’s immunisation are up to date follow a spate of measles cases.

Questions over antibacterial soap efficacy

Antibacterial hand soaps and body washes are supposed to prevent the spread of bacteria, but there is no evidence they actually work, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).