Professional Lice Device Nearing 3-Year, 50,000 Treatment Milestone
Larada Sciences announced today that its LouseBuster professional lice device has been used to complete about 50,000 successful head-lice treatments since it first hit the commercial market in 2010.
The LouseBuster is an FDA-cleared and CE-marked medical device available in 21 countries. Its prototype was originally developed by lice researchers at the University of Utah. On average, a 30-minute LouseBuster treatment kills head lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs, a rate higher than traditional lice products.
This revolutionary device is used for treating head lice by professionals such as school nurses, pediatricians, health clinicians, and lice-removal experts. The device is at the forefront of a shift from self-treatment of lice, which can be messy, time-consuming and frustrating, to one-time professional treatments. It also provides a new method of eradicating head lice without the use of any chemicals or potentially harmful pesticides found in many over-the-counter and prescription remedies.
“It’s wonderful to see how far the LouseBuster has come,” said Dr. Dale Clayton, the lead inventor of the LouseBuster. “Our clinical studies had high success rates, suggesting that this would provide a safe, fast and highly effective alternative to traditional lice treatments. It is extremely gratifying to see so many people around the world getting the help they need from something we created here at the university.”
In addition to providing a professional solution to head lice, the LouseBuster device also addresses the issue of head lice developing resistance to pesticides used in many lice-treatment products.
“Lice are constantly evolving, so that creates a challenge for chemical-based treatments,” said Larry Rigby, CEO of Larada Sciences. “However, the LouseBuster uses just heated air to kill head lice. It would be difficult – if not impossible – for them to evolve resistance to the drying effect. I’m absolutely thrilled to reach this milestone.”
Many entrepreneurs, particularly owners of hair salons, day care and pest-control businesses, are finding that opening a lice-treatment business with the LouseBuster device can be a smart move due to the recession-proof nature of head lice. Lice reproduce at rapid rates, producing up to 90 eggs a month. There are about 6-12 million cases of head lice each year in the United States, with most cases affecting children between the ages of 3 and 12.
Larada Sciences is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company dedicated to the eradication of head lice. It has built the world’s largest network of lice-removal professionals. Its flagship product, the FDA-cleared LouseBuster device, kills head lice and 99.2 percent of their eggs in a single, 30-minute treatment. Learn more about the benefits and risks of the LouseBuster technology at www.lousebuster.com.