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Head lice meets its match in LiceGuard’s Robi Comb

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK LiceGuard has developed an innovative, nontoxic method to detect and destroy lice.

 

LiceGuard’s Robi Comb is a quick, electronic comb that detects and kills head lice, which then are combed out of hair. LiceGuard’s Robi Comb and other all-natural products are supported by Healthy Child — a nonprofit organization focused on reducing and eliminating chemical exposures from home products, furnishings and food.

 

"Parents today are aware of the potential dangers that chemicals present to children’s health and proper development. Advocating for safe products and alternatives to those filled with harmful synthetics is key to Healthy Child’s core mission," said Christopher Gavial, CEO and executive director of Healthy Child Healthy World. "We help parents navigate a complicated and confusing marketplace to find high quality, effective alternatives to conventional products.  We recommend the Robi Comb because parent won’t be worried about any chemical intrusion and yet they can properly treat their child’s lice issues."

LiceGuard’s Robi Comb currently is being sold at such retailers as Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart.

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Regulators express concerns over cargo thefts

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. An increase in cargo thefts of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and other products has regulators worried, according to a letter sent to several companies Wednesday.

Michael Chappell, acting assistant commissioner for regulatory affairs at the Food and Drug Administration, wrote in the letter that agency was “very concerned” about the increase in cargo and warehouse thefts of drugs, vaccines, medical devices and infant formula.

“These crimes threaten the public health because product that has left the legitimate supply chain poses potential safety risks to consumers,” Chappell wrote.

The letter comes in the wake of a sophisticated theft of $75 million in drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Enfield, Conn. The agency said it hoped the letter would encourage companies to review and strengthen security.

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New anti-meth campaign targets Native American community

BY Michael Johnsen

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske on Wednesday unveiled a new anti-methamphetamine ad campaign that launched in New Mexico and in 14 other states with the largest Native American populations.

According to national data, meth use rates for American Indian/Alaska Native populations remain among the highest of any ethnicity — almost two times higher than other groups, according to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Specifically, American Indians or Alaska Natives almost are twice as likely to have used meth in the past year than whites (1.1% vs. 0.6%) or Hispanics (1.1% vs. 0.6%), and approximately five times more likely to have used meth than African Americans (1.1% vs. 0.2%).

“The data about methamphetamine abuse in the Native American community are troubling,” Kerlikowske said. “This ad campaign will supplement the important work for prevention and treatment already being done by the Native American community, local prevention groups, law enforcement, and treatment providers.”

The Native American Anti-Meth Campaign, in its third year coordinated by ONDCP’s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, is the only national anti-meth advertising campaign tailored to reach both youth and adults in Indian Country and Alaska Native lands. The campaign includes TV commercials, print and radio ads, and billboard advertising in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wyoming, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Utah. The ads will run until August, and Native groups and others will be able to download and use the ads as free PSAs in their local communities.

“This ad campaign is very important to Indian Country,” stated Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary — Indian affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior. “Drug abuse is always a disturbing issue to confront for any community, and methamphetamine abuse is something we need to address with an aggressive approach.”

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