Health care providers are being forced to rethink their antibacterial hand sanitizer use amid the rising use of new drugs to combat superbugs.
The Associated Press reports the use will be cut in half in the coming months, citing data from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
The AP says antibacterial products used to clean hands now make up a quarter of all hand-washing wipes used by health care workers.
That’s up from 2 percent in the last five years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the use is at a record high of more than 7 percent in July.
“We want to make sure we use the right products to help us keep the people of our community safe, but we also want to use them as we’re moving forward,” said Chris Gorman, executive director of the Centers for Healthcare Quality and Safety.
The AP also reports hospitals have begun to limit the use to specific areas of their facilities, and that the agency has banned the use and distribution of wipes made from ingredients made from genetically engineered organisms.
In recent weeks, the CDC has issued more than 1,000 advisories on how to handle germs in healthcare workers, including a recommendation to disinfect hands after use.
CDC officials are also reviewing new guidelines for healthcare workers and will continue to update them as needed, CDC spokeswoman Karen DeYoung said in an email.
More from Fox News: The CDC says the spread of germs is on the rise in hospitals.
The agency estimates that a record-breaking 27.1 million infections occurred in the U.S. in 2016.
As of Wednesday, the Centers have reported 2.9 million new infections.
The number of people in hospitals has nearly tripled over the last decade, with the average age of a patient growing from 35 to 46.
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