A positive market clarity regarding the renowned HR® Lubricating Jelly and its compatibility with a conventional and/or liquid Pap tests.

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Unsatisfactory Pap tests occur in 1.1% or less of all tests performed. When used appropriately, HR® Lubricating Jelly has no negative effect on the quality of a Pap test regardless of conventional and/or a liquid based methodology.

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the risk of an unsatisfactory Pap test being the just cause of the pharmaceutical grade carbomer used in the manufacture of HR® Lubricating Jelly would be extremely remote.

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Setting the Record Straight:
The Quality, Performance & Compatibility of HR® Lubricating Jelly

In 2007, the College of American Pathologists survey reported, "the median unsatisfactory rate remained at 1.1 percent or less for all preparation methods.” Only in very rare cases, when a medical professional does not perform the Pap procedure correctly, will it result in an unsatisfactory reading. HR® Lubricating Jelly is a premium grade medical lubricant and not a commodity.

Most frequent causes of Pap test failure are:

     1. Low Squamous Cellularity: Not enough cells were present in the collected sample.
     2. Excess Blood: Accidently collected during the procedure.
     3. Excess Mucus: Accidently collected and/or not successfully filtered.
     4. Other Extraneous Materials Present: Including but not limited to a lubricant.

The superior formulation and quality of HR® Lubricating Jelly is a direct result of using the highest quality pharmaceutical grade ingredients, which includes Carbomer 934P.

Therefore, the risk of an unsatisfactory Pap test being the just cause of the pharmaceutical grade carbomer used in the manufacture of HR® Lubricating Jelly would be extremely remote.

HR® Lubricating Jelly does not change the cervical cytology results in young, reproductive-age population. Amies, AM, et al. (Obstet Gynecol 2002; 100:889 - 892)

  •      Due to improved methods, satisfactory Pap tests occur in over 98% of all tests performed.

A September 2011 bench test performed using HR® Lubricating Jelly with the ThinPrep® test concluded: “…when used sparingly and appropriately, pose little risk to the quality of the Pap test.”

  •      The same conclusion reached with other competing non-carbomer lubricants, including but not limited to Surgilube®.

A study published in The Voice, by Keith V. Nance, MD concluded: “Since the SurePath™ test method uses a density gradient which excludes blood, mucus, and extraneous material such as lubricants, their preparations were unaffected by the presence of gel lubricant in the specimen container.”

  •      The Voice provides cytotechnologists and pathologists with timely & technical information

The only documented concern is when a medical professional, using the ThinPrep® test, did not perform the procedure in accordance to the guidelines as set forth by Hologic, Inc., the manufacturer of the ThinPrep® test.

  •      HR® Lubricating Jelly is compatible with all Pap tests conventional and/or liquid based.

HR® Lubricating Jelly provides the medical community with a premium lubricant manufactured using pharmaceutical grade ingredients and quality processes. Past theories, whereby a Pap test could only be performed using a non-carbomer based lubricant, is a fallacy.

Copyright © HR Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2012. All names, trademarks, products, and/or services mentioned are registered or unregistered trademarks of their respective owners.

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