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A topical antibacterial formerly widely used in wound care and as a surgical scrub. Application to mucous membranes, denuded or burned surfaces, and intact skin in newborns has resulted in fatal CNS lesions. Use is currently restricted to disinfection of intact adult skin. Products containing more than 0.1% hexachlorophene are available only by prescription.
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