Friday, August 19, 2011

Chinese lufenuron manufacturer touts 99% purity

Application: in the control medication, and the veterinary coformulation flea control, heartworm prevention, and anthelmitic medicine.
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heavy metal and Ferrous: 20 ppm max

Considering that this lufenuron is sold as veterinarian grade for
$200-400 per kilo as of this writing (August 2011), and that Sarah Vaughter has indicated that the only drawback to taking Program (lufenuron in the form of tablets for flea control in pets) is the exorbitant price, it seems to me that there should be no difficulty in obtaining lufenuron of sufficient purity for human consumption.

According to a compounding pharmacist whom I contacted, a chemical analysis, by which I assume he meant one suitable for determining purity to pharmaceutical standards, would cost about $300 (as of a few weeks before this writing).

There are probably other minor costs involved in getting it delivered from China, but the bottom line is that I don't understand why Sara Vaughter claims that it's impossible to obtain product with sufficient purity. She claims that the purity claims of Chinese manufacturers are false, but it seems to me that making claims that can be easily proven false would soon put them out of business, and they're still in business.