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Tests Confirm HandClens(R) Hand Sanitizer Kills H1N1 Flu Virus
Date:8/31/2009

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Woodward Labs, a leading antimicrobial skin care company, announced today that an independent testing laboratory has confirmed the efficacy of HandClens, an alcohol-free hand sanitizer, against H1N1 flu virus. The test results show HandClens is 99.99% effective against H1N1 virus in 15 seconds. The company will submit these results to the FDA as an addendum to its citizen's petition from 2003 that details how the company's patented formula effectively kills 99.99 percent of disease-causing germs.

This is timely as The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently recognized that "hand sanitizers that do not contain alcohol may be useful for killing flu germs on hands." With over a decade of research behind Woodward Lab's alcohol-free formula, HandClens(R) is an important tool in the battle to stay healthy during flu season.

The testing was conducted by a Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) compliant, independent third party laboratory following American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International protocol.

"We want the public to recognize HandClens(R) as an effective way to prevent the spread of H1N1 Flu and other germs," says Marwan Zreik, president of Woodward Labs. "With the H1N1 pandemic expected to continue this fall and a minimal amount of inoculations available, the public needs another level of defense against the spread of micro-organisms and our testing proves that HandClens(R) will help kill the germs that cause illness."

According to Zreik, "Experts say to wash hands often, but for those times when access to soap and water are limited, the public needs another option. The alcohol-free component of HandClens(R) is especially important in facilities where the flammability and toxicity of alcohol-based sanitizers is a concern."

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