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Quick-Med's Stay Fresh® Nets Expanded EPA Approval

Quick-Med Technologies Inc., Gainesville, Fla., has received an amended U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for its hydrogen peroxide-based Stay Fresh® Antimicrobial — a nontoxic, durable, cost-effective technology that retains its efficacy on textiles and other materials under a range of laundering conditions, according to the company.

The amendment expands approval for use of the technology to 30 new sites, enabling its use in products such as adhesives, aprons, backpacks, incontinence pads, lumber, luggage, shoe liners and inserts, shower curtains, superabsorbent polymers, and wound dressings. It also addresses treatment application levels based on an article's intended use and provides for "ultimate" durability, "standard" application and warehouse "inventory protection" rates.

In addition to military uniform, apparel and other consumer textile applications, Stay Fresh has potential applications for products such as medical devices. Quick-Med has filed a 510(k) Premarket Notification with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Stay Fresh Skin Fold Management Textile, a medical absorbent product designed to provide moisture management and antimicrobial protection in order to prevent damage to skin from abrasion within skin folds.

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