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Britain restricts lice treatment

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7016.1322a (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1322

The Department of Health in Britain has again been accused of overreacting to a health scare, this time by a member of its own expert committee of carcinogenicity. This comes less than two weeks after fierce criticism from British doctors over its handling of the scare surrounding the risk of thrombosis associated with the combined contraceptive pill.

After the department's surprise announcement that all treatments for head lice and public lice containing the insecticide carbaryl would be restricted to being available only on prescription, Dr Francis Roe, a consultant …

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