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FDA OKs Lotion for Nonprescription Use to Treat Head Lice

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a lotion to treat head lice for nonprescription or over-the-counter (OTC) use. The approval has been granted through a process called a prescription (Rx)-to-OTC switch.

Initially, the FDA approved ivermectin lotion, 0.5% for the treatment of head lice infestation in patients aged 6 months and above as a prescription drug in February 2012.

This is a single-use lotion with the active ingredient ivermectin 0.5% for the topical treatment of head lice infestations in patients 6 months of age and above. It is for external use only and should only be used on the scalp and dry hair in line with label instructions. The lotion is not approved for any other use… (FDA, October 27, 2020)

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