After Backlash, Federal Government Reverses Plans to Charge $14K Fee to Distillers Who Produced Hand Sanitizer

When the Covid-19 pandemic first struck in the United States, many alcohol distilleries stepped up and began producing hand sanitizer, a product that was desperately needed in both homes and hospitals to help protect against the coronavirus. Understandably, these businesses — many of which were already financially suffering due to decreased sales — were shocked when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent out notices informing them that they were now classified as manufacturers of regulated over-the-counter drugs and owed a $14,060 fee due February 11.

Fortunately for the distillers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a statement this week directing the FDA not to enforce the fee.

Reason covered the story in a
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