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These Treatments Are Not So Nice to Lice

Magazine article Drug Topics

These Treatments Are Not So Nice to Lice

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With fall right around the corner, parents must once again brace for possible head lice infestations. Manufacturers have introduced many new lice treatments to lessen parents' anxiety. Here's a sampling of products that make a lousy job easier.

On the market

* Del Pharmaceuticals offers Pronto Plus Lice Killing Mousse Shampoo Plus Vitamin E. The blue foam shampoo, which has a watermelon scent, contains vitamin E to condition hair. An egg-removal kit is included.

* Harlow Lubricants is marketing Follicel, a 20-minute solution treatment. Follicel is a formulation based on citrus pulp. For more information, visit

* Licefreee! is a gel product from Tec Laboratories. The homeopathic treatment is available in single- and double-dose treatment kits with a nit-removal comb and application cap to kill lice and their eggs. Instructions for the product are printed in both English and Spanish. Tec Labs has partnered with the National PTA to provide educational materials and training to PTA members who are helping schools identify and treat head lice outbreaks.

* Health Enterprises is offering Lice Complete, a kit that ineludes a 2-oz. treatment solution, a stainless steel lice comb, a lice brush, and a detangling comb. The company also markets Lice Comb 2-Pk.

New treatments

Several manufacturers are busy developing new lice treatments.

* Summer Laboratories has recently filed a New Drug Application with the Food & Drug Administration for Pyxxlice. The prescription medication contains benzyl alcohol. The firm claims the treatment prevents lice from closing their spiracles, and it clogs the spiracles, effectively asphyxiating the lice.

* Manhattan Pharmaceuticals has acquired exclusive North American rights to develop and commercialize Hedrin. The firm claims that Hedrin, currently marketed in Europe and in the United Kingdom, is a noninsecticide combination of silicones (dimethicone and cyclomethicone) that disrupts the osmotic balance within the insect. The company also claims that Hedrin kills lice physically and not by acting on the central nervous system.

* In a study by University of Utah researchers, "An Effective NonchemicalTreatment for Head Lice: A Lot of Hot Air," published in Pediatrics,researchers tested six different treatment methods on 169 lice-infested children. …

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