The Product Report was designed to provide pediatricians with up-to-date information on new medical equipment, office accessories, etc. Listings are made up from unsolicited press releases from the manufacturer. They are neither advertisements nor endorsements.
Triple X Pedlculicide
In the United States, lice infestations are not reportable and the insects are not thought to cause disease. Therefore, very few medical authorities consider them a serious problem. However, lice have reached epidemic proportions in this country. More and more, lice infestations are being considered a community health problem.
The key to dealing with the problem lies in preventing the rampant spread of lice, and this in turn calls for rapid attention and treatment. To protect others from contacting lice, the insects must be detected quickly and all those in close contact must be treated at the same time. In fact, a person can be reinfected at anytime if he/she comes in contact with another lice carrying victim.
The lice problem is relatively easy to correct with louse-killing shampoos. Certain prescription shampoos contain an ingrethent called Lindane and carry a warning for serious side effects. Pyrethrin based shampoos, such as Triple X, by Carter Products a division of CarterWallace, are considered safe, effective, easy to use, quick acting and can be bought over-the-counter in most drug stores without a prescription. When properly used, the Triple-X program kills all three types of lice in two shampoos spaced over a week to ten days.
RID Lice Treatment Kit
Lice infestation can happen to anyone and will affect more than IO million Americans this year, most of them children.
The RID Lice Treatment Kit, from Pfizer, includes a pyrethrin-based pediculicide and a new patented combing device shown in independent laboratory testing to be 100% effective in removing all lice and their eggs, and without damaging the hair. The pediculicide is packaged in an unbreakable plastic bottle. The Kit comes with instructions in English and Spanish.
A free consumer booklet is available by writing: RID; c/o Pfizer Inc., 235 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017
Ventrescreen™ Allergy Tests
At least 40 million Americans 20% of the population) have allergies, yet there has been no inexpensive enzyme immunoassay method to screen for allergen-specific IgE-mediated allergies in the physician's office. Ventrex Laboratories has launched a new product that fills this need. Ventrescreen Allergy Tests for pollens, mite/mold, and cat/dog are inexpensive and easy to use. Allergy tests are available in 20-test kits and can be shipped immediately.
For more information, contact your local distributor or call Ventrex at 800-325-5506. In Maine, call 207-773-7231.
Drug Free Kids Tape
The Van Ost Institute for Family Living, Inc., announces the availability of the 70 minutes tape, "Drug Free Kids, " produced by the Paul Newman Foundation and including a segment by Dr. William Van Ost. The tape addresses problems of handling the three stages of drug involvement with adolescents: 1) parents concern when there is no apparent involvement with drugs, 2) what to do if use is suspected, 3) what to do if the adolescent is in trouble with drugs. The tape is appropriate for parents groups or for viewing within the family.
The tape is now being distributed through Legacy Entertainment for S29.95, telephone (313) 273-2353. It is also available on loan from the Van Ost Institute. For this and any questions involving alcohol and other drugs, call the Institute at (201) 569-6667 or the Institutes program at Englewood Hospital, (201) 894-3591.