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International guidelines for clinical trials with pediculicides

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Dr Stephen C. Barker, phd
Parasitology Section
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
The University of Queensland
Queensland 4072
Australia
E-mail: s.barker@uq.edu.au

Abstract

Pediculosis capitis, infestation with head lice, is common in all human societies. Chemical pediculicides are often used to control head louse infestations, particularly in wealthy communities. A significant number of different protocols have been used to test the efficacy and safety of pediculicides in clinical trials; this constrains scientific comparison of the evidence for efficacy of the different pediculicides. Here we recommend protocols for clinical trials of the efficacy and safety of single-, two-, and three-treatment interventions.

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