Hexachlorophene A chlorinated bisphenol antiseptic with a bacteriostatic action against Gram-positive organisms, but much less effective against Gram-negative organisms. It is mainly used in soaps and creams and is an ingredient of various preparations used for skin disorders. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p797)
MediLexicon hexachlorophene - Medical Dictionary Definition for Term 'hexachlorophene'
[1. 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.