The LiceMeister® comb featured as a lindane alternative at a global meeting of the Stockholm Convention!!
The LiceMeister comb is considered a safe, non-chemical treatment choice over the use of lindane and other pharmaceutical applications using insecticides.
April 12, 2011
In 2009, more than 150 governments agreed to list lindane in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) for global elimination. However, they provided a temporary exemption for its use as a human pharmaceutical to address head lice and scabies. In response to this and other listings, the Stockholm Convention Secretariat launched a pilot project to help countries identify POPs-free products and alternatives to listed substances. Among various requirements, candidates had to submit products for testing by the Environmental Agency of Austria (EEA) to ensure they did not contain any of the 21 substances listed in the treaty. The project identified the LiceMeister comb as a POPs-free product and will feature it at the global meeting of more than 150 countries April 25 - 29, 2011.
The LiceMeister comb is considered a safe, non-chemical treatment choice over the use of lindane and other pharmaceutical applications using insecticides. The LiceMeister comb has the US Food and Drug Administration clearance as a medical device for the purpose of screening, detecting and removing lice and their eggs (nits).
In a recent editorial, NPA's president, Deborah Altschuler reaffirmed: "Combing is a scientifically reliable method to remove all lice and nits - which is another way to say it can end an infestation - literally. Combing is the safest and most cost effective approach that accomplishes what chemicals cannot. It enables families to be self-reliant, proactive, and preventive. It allows regular screening and early detection which makes the combing approach practical and realistic. While chemical treatments, pediculicides, and broad spectrum antibiotics develop resistance and potentially adverse health effects, nothing compares to the kindness of a comb."
Altschuler adds that the most gratifying part of participating in the POP-free initiative is the way it has put children's health at the forefront.
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