CarraShield Labs Confirms Divine 9® made with CarraShield™ Meets All Personal Lubricant Recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) in FDA-approved Testing

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CarraShield Labs, Inc. reported today that with the successful conclusion of the product testing required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval as a Class II Medical Device, Divine 9® made with CarraShield™ also meets or exceeds all the recommendations for personal lubricants published by the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization (WHO) published an Advisory Note providing four key guidelines for the purchase of personal lubricants and Divine 9 with CarraShield meets or exceeds all of the recommended guidelines.

We are gratified to report that we not only meet all the FDA requirements but also meet or exceed the World Health Organization’s published guidelines for personal lubricants.

CarraShield Labs, Inc. (http://www.carrashieldlabs.com) reported today that with the conclusion of the product testing required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval as a Class II Medical Device, Divine 9® made with CarraShield™ was also shown to meet or exceed all the recommendations for personal lubricants published by the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Reproductive Health and Research, in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), published an Advisory Note providing guidelines for the purchase of personal lubricants. The objective of the WHO Advisory Note was to establish criteria based on recently published studies that help ensure a lubricant will not weaken condoms, contain any potentially harmful ingredients, or be formulated in a way that negatively effects sensitive tissue inside the body. The full text of the WHO Advisory Note can be found at http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/76580/1/WHO_RHR_12.33_eng.pdf.

The WHO Advisory Note made the following recommendations:

“When procuring water-based lubricants, the osmolality should preferably be 1200 mOsm/kg or less.”

Studies referenced by WHO in the Advisory Note suggest that lubricants with high osmolality might cause damage to walls of the vagina and anus. Divine 9 with CarraShield was shown by FDA-approved laboratory testing to have an osmolality ranging between 520 and 720 mOsm/kg, a value far below the WHO-recommended maximum. This result establishes Divine 9 as one of the few Class II Medical Device personal lubricants on the market that meets this requirement.

“Lubricants containing polyquaternary compounds should be avoided until there is further evidence on the effect of polyquaternium compounds on HIV replication rates.”

The WHO cited studies that suggest polyquaternium compounds may enhance the replication of HIV. Polyquaternium compounds are used in some silicone-based lubricants. Divine 9 with CarraShield contains no polyquaternarium compounds specifically, and no silicone-based ingredients in general. The primary ingredients in Divine 9 are a natural sea algae extract and purified water.

“For lubricants intended primarily for MSM (men who have sex with men) or where the nature of the intended use cannot be ascertained, a pH in the range 5.5 to 7 is recommended. Lubricants with pH exceeding 7 are not recommended.”

Divine 9 with CarraShield has a pH of 6.5. CarraShield Labs uses natural citric acid to precisely adjust the pH in every batch.

“The bulk procurement and distribution of lubricants containing spermicides, medicinal and other active substances is not recommended.”

The WHO Advisory Note cites studies that suggest spermicides (predominantly nonoxynol-9) have significant irritation issues and that medicinal additives such as benzocaine (to reduce sensation) have additional regulatory requirements as medicines. The Advisory Note goes on to state that non-medicinal additives that claim to create stimulating, warming, tingling or other effects have not been adequately studied to determine their safety in high risk groups such as MSM and sex workers so these ingredients should be avoided. Divine 9 with CarraShield contains no spermicides, no medicinal additives nor does it contain any type of herb or chemical that attempts to create stimulating, warming, tingling or other effects.

“The team at CarraShield Labs has been working diligently with independent testing labs to establish the safety of Divine 9 with CarraShield,” said Dean Fresonke, CEO of CarraShield Labs. “With the data now in hand and validated through our approval as a Class II Medical Device from the FDA, we are gratified to report that we not only meet all the FDA requirements but also meet or exceed the World Health Organization’s published guidelines for personal lubricants.”

About CarraShield Labs, Inc.

CarraShield Labs, Inc., combines nature with science to create products that improve sexual well-being. Intensive research has led to the company’s proprietary, naturally-derived sea algae concentrate called CarraShield™. Divine 9® with CarraShield showed promise in blocking the transmission of cancer-causing HPV infection in government-sponsored laboratory studies and is now undergoing human clinical trials at three separate university medical research centers. While the health benefits of CarraShield are being studied, you can enjoy the exotic, sensual feel of Divine 9 today. Look for Divine 9 personal lubricants and other products made with CarraShield in health conscious stores and websites. Learn more at http://www.carrashieldlabs.com.

Please note: The World Health Organization has not specifically tested Divine 9 with CarraShield and the information contained in this press release should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the WHO.

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