Have you heard about the letter from Warner Lambert,
makers of Nix®, targeted to Healthcare Professionals,
indicating that prophylactic use of the product was
recommended for "institutional use when 20% of the
population was infested?" Well, you can bet we have.
Here's a sample of what we're hearing:
Patty Mancuso, RN, PHN,
from Redding, CA.
eloquently stated her position to Warner-Lambert:
- "Schools are currently dealing with an
overwhelming number of families who have reported
failure of currently available treatments for
head lice. Many families have used all of the
remedies for head lice a number of times,
sometimes repeating treatment on a daily basis,
only to find live lice after treatment. Some
parents are resorting to dangerous alternatives.
previous telephone conversations to your company,
it was acknowledged that there is a suspected
resistance to NIX and that your company was
addressing this issue ... Your letter will be
detrimental in our efforts to deliver consistent
up to date information being given to parents
from Healthcare Professionals. How can we
recommend that families use NIX prophylactically
when we strongly suspect resistance?
"... My primary concern is for the 'prophylactic
use during head lice epidemics.' ... This
prophylactic use would expose children to an
ineffective dose of more pesticide. Many of our
children are already repeatedly exposed to
numerous ineffective treatments.
"I will continue to question parents
about what treatments they have already tried. If
they have tried Nix® as well as other products,
and they have failed, I will strongly recommend
that they resort to manual removal of live lice
as well as all eggs. I cannot continue to
recommend a product that is suspected of being