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Woodward Labs Reports Sales Spike for HandClens(R) Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer During Swine Flu Epidemic
Date:4/30/2009

Woodward Labs Offer Special Discounts On HandClens(R) and Gives Schools a Free 'Simple as ABC, Always Be Clean' Instruction Manual on How to Prevent Illness.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Woodward Laboratories, a leading antimicrobial skin care company and makers of HandClens(R) the only alcohol-free instant hand sanitizer that exceeds the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) effective testing standards for antiseptic hand washes, reports a tremendous spike in sales in the last 72 hours as fears of a Swine Flu epidemic increased.

"We are receiving calls from distributors, retailers, companies and schools from around the world requesting HandClens," says Marwan Zreik, president of Woodward Labs. "Over the last decade we've responded to SARS and the Avian Flu, and we expect sales to continue to rise as the number of Swine Flu cases spread. We're working with our local suppliers to ensure we have enough inventory. HandClens is made in the USA, and while we regret the spread of this epidemic, Woodward is prepared to do its part to help keep our nation healthy."

According to Fay Shinder, RN, BSN, school health program coordinator at Woodward Labs, schools and parents prefer to use alcohol-free HandClens as the patented formula effectively kills 99.99% of disease causing germs and has been proven to be effective against Influenza A, a lipid-encapsulated virus similar to the H1N1 swine flu virus. Alcohol-free products are safer for children because they are non-toxic, non-flammable and eliminate the risk of alcohol ingestion, as has happened in the recent past with alcohol-based sanitizers.

The company aims to help prevent the spread of Swine Flu by continuing to offer special pricing deals to schools, distributors and consumers. This includes online price discounts, free wall dispensers and a free "Simple as ABC, Always Be Clean," hand hygiene instruction manual, a comprehensive education program designed by Woodward to help parents and teachers promote the importance of proper hand hygiene to kids and adolescents grades K-8 in a fun and engaging way.

Published reports in both the Journal of School Nursing and Family Medicine journal have shown as much as a 42% reduction in illness-absenteeism in schools that have instituted HandClens as part of an overall classroom hygiene program. Additional published scientific studies demonstrate that the alcohol-free, patented formula behind HandClens consistently outperforms alcohol-based hand sanitizers over multiple hand washings.

The company suggests that people can help protect themselves by:

Washing hands frequently, after using such communal products as the office coffee machine, telephone and even an ATM machine, with soap and water and then using a hand sanitizer, such as HandClens. Although the flu virus is "airborne" in droplets of breath, the majority of it is often passed by hand-to-hand contact;

Cover your face with your sleeve or cuff not your hand when you cough and sneeze;

Avoid close contact and crowded public places. If you do feel ill stay at home or keep your child at home. Avoid going into work and

Exercise! According to the American Council on Exercise, research has shown that moderate exercise brings about measurable changes in the immune system, sending white blood cells throughout the body to find intruders and kill them. Studies show that people who exercise four to five times a week are less likely to get colds or other viruses.

HandClens is available in a variety of sizes including .5 oz, 1.7oz, 8.0oz and an institutional 1.8 liter size. HandClens has a wonderful green apple scent and is available directly through Woodward Labs and its distributors. For more information, please visit www.woodwardlabs.com.

About Woodward Laboratories

Founded in 1992, Woodward Laboratories manufactures leading antimicrobial germ-killing skincare products that provide a healthier way of living. Woodward Laboratories uses its patented proprietary delivery systems in its foot care, nail care and hand care products and is best known for its Mycocide, Dr. G's, HandClens and its Diabetic Basics brands.


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