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Mosquito repellents contain DEET (<15%) be sold in convenience stores

  • Data Source:Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare
  • Created:2017-08-16
  • Last Updated:2017-08-16

Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) announced mosquito repellents which contain less than 15% of diethyltoluamide (DEET) switch from “medicines designated by physicians, pharmacists and/or assistant pharmacists” to “over-the-counter (OTC) drugs”, which are allowed to be sold in convenience or online stores, now.

TFDA has approved of five mosquito repellents as OTC drugs after the evaluation of safety on these products. It largely increases the convenience for people to purchase these products.

It is summer season, and more and more people use mosquito repellents to prevent mosquito bites. There are several things people should keep in mind when using these products, particular the OTC drugs. It is important to read package inserts and follow the instructions before using these products. Secondly, the spray type of repellents should be used at a distance of 10 to 15 cm and not be applied to eyes, mouths, wounds, or irritated or sunburned skin. Sunscreen should be used before repellents 5-10 minutes prior to lessen skin irritation. When used on children, apply repellent to parents’ hands first and then rub it on the child. Don’t use such products on children less than six months old.

If the product gets in one’s eyes, please flush the eyes slowly with plenty of water for at least 10-15 minutes. Some people may have skin irritation, or any uncomfortable situations after using these products, please stop using them immediately and consult with a medical professional or pharmacist for further evaluation.