GOJO Receives Exemption Number from Health Canada for PURELL® Advanced Hand Rub

PURELL Advanced Hand Rub is the first and only hand rub allowed for use in the Categories of Hospital and Healthcare Professional, Commercial and Food Premise Use

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - GOJO Industries announced today PURELL® Advanced Hand Rub was granted an Exemption Number (EN-182959) by Health Canada and is the first and only hand sanitizer allowed for Hospital and Healthcare Professional, Commercial and Food Premise Use in Canada based on the 2009 Health Canada Guidance Document: Human-Use Antiseptic Drugs.

The exemption number allows PURELL alcohol-based hand rub to be sold in Canada while its submitted product license application awaits final review by Health Canada. Products are granted exemption numbers only after undergoing an initial assessment of safety, quality and efficacy review.

"Clinical studies show PURELL Advanced Hand Rub greatly reduces the spread of germs and viruses transmitted from the hands in real world settings," said David Mackay, vice president Sales and Marketing, Healthcare Markets. "Making PURELL Advanced Hand Rub more available benefits the health of Canadians and provides a solution for markets where hand hygiene is critical. From a public health standpoint, it was important for us to seek approval for efficacy and viral kill claims with Health Canada."

As part of the review process, third party, independent test results and published studies were submitted to Health Canada to provide scientific evidence. The studies show the PURELL Advanced Hand Rub provides proven efficacy against bacteria, fungi and viruses on skin and persistence against bacteria. It also kills 99.99 % of germs including Norovirus, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Adenovirus, Serratia marcescens, Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, Rotavirus and Rhinovirus.

For more information about PURELL Advanced Hand Rub, visit www.GOJOCanada.ca/PURELLAdvanced.

About GOJO
GOJO Industries, Inc. (www.gojo.com) (www.gojocanada.ca) is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

SOURCE: GOJO Industries Inc.

For further information:

Samantha Williams, Public Relations Director, GOJO Industries, Inc., +1-330-255-6397, willisam@gojo.com

http://www.GOJOCanada.ca/PURELLAdvanced