This site is a repository
for information regarding the past and current use of
the chemical lindane. This is not a website for those
seeking medical advice regarding treatment for head lice
or scabies. Lindane has a history of use in pest extermination,
agriculture, veterinary medicine and as a treatment for
human lice and scabies.
There are differences in
human and environmental risk profiles for varying uses
of lindane. As of 2009, agricultural use of lindane in
the U.S. will have ended due to its 2006 deregistration
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However exposures
to lindane go on as the chemical persists where it has
been used in the U.S. and around the world. Lindane is
still manufactured outside the U.S. for use in agriculture
and to combat particular animal and human parasites.
NPA believes that consideration
of all past and current uses including agricultural lindane
is critical given that general populations of humans continue
to be exposed to lindane and the other isomers of hexachlorocyclohexane
(HCH) before it is considered for use as a pharmaceutical
in combination with or following the use of other chemicals.