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New Head Lice Products Make Louse-Busting Easier

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Head Lice Products Make Louse-Busting Easier

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With school back in session, head lice will once again find fertile territory in which to range and multiply during peak season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. To attack this year's lice crop, several new weapons, both prescription and OTC, have been introduced.

What's new in Rx

The FDA has approved Sdele's Ulesfia Lotion (benzyl alcohol 5%), the first prescription medication that kills head lice by asphyxiation without neurotoxic side effects. Launched in July 2009, Ulesfia is supplied in individual 8-02 bottles. According to a company representative, "The product works through a physical mechanism of action, so treatment is volume-sensitive. Patients will average four to six bottles per prescription, so it is important to consider this when ordering inventory." The lotion is approved for use in patients 6 months of age and older. The FDA noted that common side effects include irritations of the skin, scalp, and eyes, and numbness at the site of application.

Other news in the prescription arena is the announcement by Synerx of the approval of its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for malathion lotion, 0.5%. This product is the first approval of a generic equivalent to Taro's Ovide.

Both generic Malathion and the branded Ovide kill adult lice and their eggs (nits), and may be more effective against lice that are resistant to OTC products, according to an Ovide information sheet.

What's new in OTC

Tec has introduced Licefreee! Spray to extend the 1 1 -year-old product line. One 6-oz botde can treat several cases of head -lice infestation, and the homeopathic solution is effective against both lice and eggs. The package includes a metal comb to remove dead lice.

Health Enterprises has refreshed its Lice Cure System packaging, reportedly to improve its on-shelf presence and better communicate the value of the product. The company is also promoting Lice Cure's recent Good Housekeeping recommendation as a pesticide-free, safe, and effective lice-removal product. The system includes a 2-oz bottle of Lice Cure, which is derived from Australian tea tree oil, along with a lice-removal comb, protective hair cap, 5x magnifier, tweezers, and cleaning brush.

Fairy Tales Hair Care for Children has introduced a new 52-oz bottle of its Rosemary Repel Conditioner. …

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