Attention parents: new head lice treatment approved

Defeating the Lice Without Emptying Your Wallet

Two of my past blogs on head lice continue to be two of the most read:

Now there’s some news on a new treatment The Indianapolis Star reports,”The Food and Drug Administration today approved a cream rinse,” Natroba (spinosad) “manufactured by ParaPro, which licensed the anti-lice technology from Eli Lilly & company. The report says the product “killed the head lice and eggs in most users after just one application followed by a shampoo.”

HealthDay reported, “In clinical testing, 552 people were given a 10-minute treatment with Natroba, and a second treatment was applied if live lice were observed 10 days later. After 14 days, about 86 percent of users were lice free, compared with 44 percent among study participants who didn’t get the” medication.

“The most common side effects were irritation of the eyes and skin. The product contains benzyl alcohol, and is NOT recommended for use in children under the age of 4 years, the FDA said.”

The Boston Globe’s “Daily dose” blog reported, “FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess tells me that it kills eggs as well as lice, so no nit-picking necessary.” Good to have a product where no nit-picking is necessary!  :-)

To learn more about head lice, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, site on the topic here.

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