FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 12, 2013
CONTACT: Dianne Danowski Smith, Publix Northwest,
Gary Burris, Public Relations, Tec Laboratories, Inc., (541)
A new preliminary study's summary
, published in Pharmacology & Pharmacy, suggests that a safe, non-toxic
product, is effective when compared to another common, popular
(Albany, Ore.)- The surprising results of a new
show a safe, non-toxic solution, which is widely available over the
counter, is effective at treating head lice infestations. A simple
solution used by a growing number of consumers, shows the naturally
occurring ingredient sodium chloride is safe for adults and
The preliminary study compared the results of applying sodium
chloride versus permethrin, a synthetic insecticide. Many lice
treatments use permethrin, which has been a standard lice treatment
for decades. The study compared permethrin against Licefreee®
Spray® non-toxic sodium chloride solution.
Oregon State University professor, J. Mark Christensen, Ph.D.,
who advises companies developing head lice treatments, notes the
results came from a "succinct, unambiguous study that reveals the
strengths of a non-toxic spray in treating head lice."
Dr. Christensen explains the study. "Forty-two subjects were
randomized equally into two groups, one using the permethrin crème
rinse and one using the non-toxic sodium chloride spray. The
products were applied to hair according to the label
instructions." He added that the results "showed
significantly higher elimination of lice with the spray (85%) as
compared to the permethrin (45%) at Day 15.
Mother of three children, Wendy Langley, who developed the
non-toxic Licefreee® Spray at Tec
Laboratories Inc. was determined to find a highly potent and safe
way to treat her family's head lice. Now the regulatory
affairs director at Tec Labs, she says, "I am pleased the results
of the study show how the spray works on both lice and nits. This
is the result of extensive experimentation in the laboratory, which
was confirmed by an independent lab. The clinical trial backs
Garland, Texas mother Michelle Stuyvesant recently shared, "My
teenage daughter was working with a kindergarten class three days a
week and caught the bugs from one of the students. I remembered a
friend mentioning Licefreee Spray so we asked her about it.
She said it was not like the typical chemical products and much
easier to use, so we gave it a try. With one application of
the spray she had no more problems with nits or live bugs."
Adds Tec Labs' President Steve Smith, "This study is exciting
for us because it shows the effectiveness of a non-toxic approach
in a real world scenario." He adds, "Over the years we've learned
the only thing that matters to a parent battling head lice is
whether or not a product works. This study objectively proves that
Licefreee Spray is one of those rare products that actually does
what it says."
About Tec Laboratories
Laboratories, Inc. is an innovator of
over-the-counter topical pharmaceuticals and the developer of
breakthrough technologies in this area. Tec Labs' commitment to new
product development has fueled the company's growth, since the
invention of their flagship product, Tecnu, more than 50 years ago.
Tec Labs has been protecting consumers and industrial workers for
decades with products that cleanse, relieve, repel and protect,
including Tecnu® Outdoor Skin Cleanser, Tecnu Extreme® Poison Ivy
Scrub, Tecnu Rash Relief™ Spray, Calagel® Medicated Anti-itch Gel,
non-toxic lice treatments, and Corticool® clear
Hydrocortisone Gel. Tec Labs is headquartered in Albany, Oregon,
and distributes products through retail channels and drug stores
throughout the United States.
1L. Serrano, L. Decesar and L. Pham, "Evaluation of
the Efficacy and Safety of 1% Sodium Chloride (LiceFreee Spray)
against 1% Permethrin Crème Rinse on Head Lice Infested
Individuals," Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Vol. 4 No.
2, 2013, pp. 266-273. doi: 10.4236/pp.2013.42038