Distilleries that made hand sanitizer to help out during pandemic won’t face hefty fine

Distilleries that made hand sanitizer to help out during pandemic won’t face hefty fine

[Ed. – It’s good that they won’t be fined, but what lunkheaded bureaucrat thought it was a good idea in the first place? Is there actually someone in our government who forgets that hand sanitizer was in such short supply at the outset of the pandemic that people were hording it and selling it for exorbitant prices online?]

Distilleries that helped out in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic by making alcohol-based hand sanitizer won’t have to pay a hefty fee the government charged them this week by mistake.

When hand sanitizer was in short supply in March, hundreds of distilleries jumped in and made it themselves. In order to do so, they had to register as drug makers, which have to pay user fees every year to the government.

Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, charged each of the distilleries a $15,000 fee, according to a senior HHS official.

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But the department rescinded that fee on Thursday, claiming it was charged to distilleries by mistake.

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