New York Lindane Campaign
The bill passed through the
health committee June 16, 2005.
NPA Letter to Senator Kemp Hannon June
Lindane Bill Update June 2, 2005
The Lindane bill did not go
through, as of May 10, 2005.
For (7): Jacobs, Dinowitz, Peoples,
Gottfried, Grannis, Bing, Naomi, Rivera
Against (14): Schimminger, Galef, Towns, Cahill, Magnarelli,
Cymbrowitz, Gordon, Eddington, Paulin, Gunther, O'Connell,
Conte, Bacalles, Brown
Excused (1): Mayersohn
Citizens Environmental Council
is organizing support for a state legislation banning lindane
currently moving through the state legislature. For more
http://cectoxic.home.igc.org/ or contact Bobbi Chase,
NY State Campaign
Dear Assemblyman Gottfried:
I understand that New York is contemplating a bill that would
I am in support of this bill as a pharmacist and as an expert
I have written four textbooks on nonprescription products,
chapters, and over 250 papers for the pharmacy, medical, and
hygiene literature. I have presented educational programs
United States. One of my areas of specific expertise is the
head louse infestation.
For many years, I have written and taught about the dangers of
other topical pesticides traditionally used for head lice. In
entitled, Lice and Scabies Treatment and Prevention Measures
less toxic alternatives to lindane on behalf of the
Protection Agency at the 2004 North American Commission for
Cooperation meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. My paper covering
was not published by one pharmacy journal for fear of losing
advertisers. It can be accessed at:
While all pesticides are potentially harmful when applied
lindane has unique qualities that justify a worldwide ban on
1. It is the most toxic head louse alternative, in terms of
2. Resistance to lindane is widespread. For a succinct
discussion of the
problem, see my research paper at
3. There are safer alternatives for scabies.
4. Lindane is a persistent environmental toxin.
The manufacturers of all pesticides possess the resources to
attempt to remove them. Merely requiring a black box on
this noxious chemical to remain on pharmacy shelves around the
You can take a great step forward in improving the health of
by banning lindane from New York.
W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., D.Ph.
Author, Nonprescription Product Therapeutics
Bernhardt Professor of Nonprescription Drugs and Devices
College of Pharmacy
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Weatherford, OK 79096
Children From Shampooing with Poison
By MIke Schade - Citiziens Enivornmental Coalition
Feb 12, 2005, 12:43
Every year, thousands of children across
the state are exposed to a
dangerous pesticide commonly known as Lindane, used to
treat head lice and scabies.
Unfortunately, many parents donít know
Lindane is a possible carcinogen that may be absorbed into
the skin, digestive system, and respiratory tract and may
result in seizures. The World Health Organization reports
a six-fold increase in non-Hodgkins
lymphoma in farmers after exposure to Lindane, and recent
case studies report high rates of childhood brain cancer
due to treatment with Lindane.
In addition, after Lindane is applied
and patients rinse shampoos and creams down the drain, one
dose can pollute as much as six million gallons of water!
The good news is safe and effective alternatives are
widely available, leaving no viable reason to keep this
deadly poison on the consumer market. In fact, eighteen
countries world-wide have already banned the use and
distribution of Lindane.
Now that the Assembly is back in session, a bill to
from Lindane has been introduced,
Assembly bill 4162, which bans the
sale, use, and prescription of any product containing this
pesticide. Please contact your Assemblyperson and urge
them to support
4162. Please also contact your Senator and ask them to
sponsor this critical bill.
Your State Assembly person, (518) 455-4100
Your State Senator, (518) 455-2800
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06/16/2005 09:16 PM