Savlon is a brand of antibacterial personal care products with the active ingredients of cetrimide and chlorhexidine gluconate.[1] Commonly sold as a cream, the product range also includes antiseptic sprays, sticking plasters and other antiseptic products.

Savlon
INN: Cetrimide and chlorhexidine gluconate
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Combination of
CetrimideAntiseptic
Chlorhexidine gluconateAntiseptic
Clinical data
AHFS/Drugs.comhttps://www.drugs.com/uk/savlon-antiseptic-cream-leaflet.html
Legal status
Legal status
Identifiers
CAS Number
  • 37380-83-9

HistoryEdit

The product name is derived from the original Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) manufacturing site name of the Avlon Works at Avonmouth near Bristol, UK on the Severn Estuary.

Savlon is sold in many countries, with different manufacturing and licensing agreements.

In 1992, Johnson & Johnson acquired the Savlon OTC brands from ICI.[2] Since then, Johnson & Johnson manufactures and distributes Savlon products throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, Johnson & Johnson sold Indian rights to the Savlon and Shower To Shower brands to ITC Limited.[3]

Also in 1992, ICI sold its Bangladesh rights to Savlon to ICI Bangladesh Manufacturers Limited, now ACI Limited.[4]

In June 2019, STADA Group of Germany acquired UK rights to Savlon from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Products for its UK subsidiary Thornton & Ross.[5]

 
Savlon antiseptic liquid 250 ml flask.

FormulationEdit

The active ingredients in Savlon products are two antiseptics, cetrimide and chlorhexidine gluconate.[1] These agents were discovered and first developed by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).[6]

Savlon is commonly sold as an antiseptic liquid. It is used for cleansing and prevention of infection in skin lesions, including small cuts and blisters and minor burns, and is useful in first aid kits. Other items sold in the Savlon range include hygiene soap, antiseptic cream and healing gel. Savlon's antiseptic liquid comes in the SKU sizes of 75 ml, 125 ml, 250 ml, 500 ml, 750 ml and 2 L. In Australia, Savlon was acquired by Reckitt Benckiser after its takeover of Boots Healthcare (International) in late 2005. Sometime after that date, at least as far back as 2016, Reckitt Benckiser changed the Savlon cream formulation slightly - possibly as a cost saving, causing the product to "liquefy" inside the tube, leading to wastage and making it difficult to apply. All complaints to the company to resume the original formulation have so far fell on deaf ears. NOTE: This only applies to Savlon sold in Australia and New Zealand, manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser Australia. the UK and Indian versions of Savlon are NOT made by this company and are NOT affected.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Savlon in medicines.org.uk.
  2. ^ "Chemical Briefs: Johnson & Johnson gets ICI Brand Rights". www.joc.com. Journal of Commerce. 26 May 1992. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ ITC acquires Shower To Shower, Savlon brands from J&J in India, in The Times of India, 14 Feb 2015.
  4. ^ "Antiseptics". www.aci-bd.com. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  5. ^ "TGSK Sells 6 Brands Including Savlon Antiseptic Cream To Stada Pharma". Medical Dialogues. 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-08-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)