Lindane Warning

FDA Issues Health Advisory Regarding Labeling Changes for Lindane Products

Labeling for Lindane products has been changed to include a boxed warning which highlights the most important safety issues associated with use of these products. The boxed warning contains information to better inform both healthcare professionals and patients regarding the potential risks associated with the use and misuse of Lindane. The warning emphasizes that Lindane products have been, and continue to be, indicated as a second-line therapy for the treatment of scabies and lice. While FDA believes that the benefits of Lindane outweigh the risks when used as directed, given the potential for neurotoxicity, patients should only be treated with these medications if other treatments are not tolerable or other approved therapies have failed.

This is an important warning .. since many sources (such as this "tip" in American Family Physician) list Lindane as one of many treatment options – without advice about which product should be considered first-line and which should be reserved for resistant cases.

 

Substance Abuse Treatment

SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FACILITY LOCATOR:

"Your search has found 361 facilities within 100 miles of your starting point. The map shows the location of the 10 closest. For more information about each one, scroll down below the map."

From the DHHS – This website provides information on substance abuse treatment facilities in your area.  The link above is to my zip code … try yours.

"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to provide this on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs. The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator lists:

  • Private and public facilities that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved for inclusion by their State substance abuse agency

  • Treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Department of Defense.

SAMHSA endeavors to keep the Locator current. All information in the Locator is completely updated each year, based on facility responses to SAMHSA's National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. The most recent complete update occurred in October, 2001. New facilities are added monthly. Updates to facility names, addresses, and telephone numbers are made monthly, if facilities inform SAMHSA of changes."