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a alert imageMarch 9 2018

Pharmacists have been asked to tell customers about the risk of fire when discussing headlice treatments, a new Drug Safety Update is urging.

The guidance advises that some products used to eradicate head lice infestations are combustible or flammable when applied on hair. This can ignite if a naked flame is nearby, even when the product has had time to dry.

The MHRA wants pharmacy staff to “advise parents, caregivers and the person with head lice, if appropriate, that they should not smoke around treated hair and that it should be kept away from open flames or other sources of ignition, including in the morning after overnight application until hair is washed.”

Products specifically named in the DSU are Hedrin, Full Marks, and Nyda.

The warning has been issued relating to incidents first reported more than a decade ago. Since 2007, Hedrin 4% has carried warnings about the risk of fire, following an incident in 2005. A further seven cases of serious burns have been associated with the product since then. There have been two other cases of serious burns associated with other products.

“In 2017 another incident occurred when a child undergoing treatment came into contact with a naked flame, resulting in very serious burns,” said the MHRA. “Pharmacists should encourage parents, caregivers, and people with head lice to read the instructions carefully for all headlice eradication products.”

Any adverse incidents including burns should be reported via the Yellow Card reporting scheme.

Links:
Drug Safety Update on head lice treatment flammability           

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