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Head lice head to head: dimeticone versus malathion

Head lice head to head: dimeticone versus malathion

Dermatology

Peter Burrill
BPharm(Hons) MRPharmS DipPresSci FCPP FFPMM
Specialist Pharmaceutical Adviser for Public Health
Derbyshire County PCT

A trial compared the recently-introduced 4% dimeticone lotion (Hedrin; Thornton and Ross) with 0.5% malathion liquid (Derbac-M liquid; SSL).1 A previous study had shown that Hedrin was equivalent in activity to 0.5% phenothrin liquid.2

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