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FROM THE MEDICAL SETTING TO THE WAR ZONE, NEW DERMAFLEX 'LIQUID BANDAGE' BRINGS RELIEF

 PHOENIX, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- What do dentists, doctors and nurses have in common with American soldiers in Somalia? They're all using the new "liquid bandage," DermaFlex.
 DermaFlex spells relief from the nicks and scrapes that everyone gets on their hands -- but that are especially troublesome for health professionals. In an average day, a healthcare provider may go through three dozen latex gloves and 50 hand washings. That produces a terrible environment for healing of minor cuts, abrasions and sores. In fact, for many health professionals, the gloves and the powdered lubricant they contain actually cause allergic skin reactions. And the constant ripping-off of gloves often tears away protective scabs, aggravating minor sores and compromising sensitivity.
 Old-fashioned plastic and cloth bandages have no place in this environment -- particularly since they are bulky and can easily become breeding grounds for bacteria.
 DermaFlex is a topical anesthetic gel coating produced by Zila Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZILA), of Phoenix. Available without prescription at drug stores nationwide, DermaFlex dries quickly to form a tenacious, long-lasting film bandage that is occlusive, flexible, water resistant and transparent. The film holds pain- and itch-relieving medication in place for hours while it protects scrapes, cuts, insect bites and rashes.
 It's no wonder health professionals are turning to DermaFlex. New DermaFlex quickly seals cuts for hours at a time. Gloves slip on and off with no problem, and even repeated washing leaves the DermaFlex covering intact. Flexibility of the DermaFlex seal assures full freedom of movement. The DermaFlex coating is so effective and convenient, practitioners who are allergic to latex use it to protect their skin from glove irritation.
 Zila President Joseph Hines said: "DermaFlex was always intended to replace messy tape and cloth bandages, but we never envisioned its special utility for healthcare professionals. They tell us that the unique DermaFlex barrier stops irritation and speeds healing. Clearly, if DermaFlex works in the dental or medical office, it will work anywhere."
 For U.S. troops in insect-infested Somalia, DermaFlex delivers much-needed relief from the bothersome sores caused by swarms of native bugs and other pests. Mosquitoes, centipedes (up to 10 inches long) and rodents are making life miserable for troops already under considerable stress. Zila Pharmaceuticals has donated 20,000 packages of DermaFlex for use by American soldiers and Marines in Somalia.
 Zila Pharmaceuticals also markets:
 -- Zilactin for canker sores
 -- ZilaDent for the cuts and sores caused by dentures, braces and
 other dental appliances
 -- Zilactol for cold sores and fever blisters even before they
 break out
 -- PeriGel dentifrice, the twin-tube baking soda, fluoride and hydrogen peroxide toothpaste system for teeth and gums
 If DermaFlex is not yet in your favorite store, ask the manager or pharmacist to order it. Or order direct from Zila at 800-922-7887.
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 /NOTE: DermaFlex, Zilactin, Zilactol and PeriGel are registered trademarks; ZilaDent is a trademark.
 DermaFlex samples, photos and additional information are available from Zila Pharmaceuticals at 602-266-6700./
 /CONTACT: Joseph Hines of Zila Pharmaceuticals, 602-266-6700/
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