Thorough Combing Emerges as the Treatment of Choice|
for Children with
August 4, 1999 - In the newest issue of the
Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, W.
Steven Pray, Professor of Non-Prescription Products and
Devices at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, writes
about resistant lice and warns about the lack of
safeguards for alternative products. He discusses the
wide variety of commonly used chemical products and
describes Lindane, a cyclodiene pesticide, as the most
toxic pediculicide available.
Given the inadequacies of a chemical approach to
controlling head lice, Professor Pray recommends thorough
combing as the emerging treatment of choice and instructs
pharmacists to "shift in the new millennium to
thorough combing with a highly effective comb such as the
Professor Pray strongly advises against unproven head
lice remedies until sufficient data proving safety and
efficacy is approved by the FDA, noting in addition to
other issues, that "Patients suffer a false sense of
security that allows the head louse population to
increase unchecked." Prays detailed article is
Lice: Perfectly Adapted Human Predators, American
Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Vol 63, Summer/99.
W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., R.Ph.
is author of the new textbook standard on Nonprescription
Product Therapeutics -- available through
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.