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Sunstar's Alcohol­‐Free GUM Paroex Gives Access to Effective Gingivitis Treatment

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chicago, IL -- April 6th, 2015 — With the launch of a new 4 oz size of GUM® Paroex® Chlorhexidine Gluconate USP, 0.12% Oral Rinse, Sunstar Americas today reminded dental professionals that it has the only FDA-approved alcohol-free chlorhexidine rinse, which makes it possible for their entire patient base to have access to the same standard of care for the treatment of gingivitis. Paroex is designed to be used as part of a professional program to treat gingivitis, leading to better gum health.

According to the company, other chlorhexidine rinses contain 11.6% alcohol as an inactive ingredient, yet they are no more therapeutically effective than alcohol-free Paroex. Alcohol in oral rinses may cause a burning sensation. This can be a barrier to patient compliance, as patients who may need to avoid alcohol may decide to not use the rinse or even decline to have their prescriptions filled.

“Virtually every dental practice has some patients who may need to avoid alcohol, and many more who find that alcohol-containing rinses cause a burning sensation,” said Jim Doyle, Sunstar Americas Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Paroex is the perfect choice for these patients. In fact, given that alcohol-free Paroex is therapeutically equivalent to the alcohol-containing rinses1, we believe Paroex is the perfect choice for all patients.”

Sunstar Americas makes Paroex available in 16 ounce bottles and, starting in April 2015, in 4 ounce bottles that patients can take home from their dental practice. This provides yet another way in which Paroex can contribute to higher levels of patient compliance relative to alcoholcontaining rinses.

Finally, Mr. Doyle reminds us, “When in doubt, leave the alcohol out.”

GUM Paroex contains chlorhexidine gluconate (0.12%) as the active ingredient. Anaphylaxis, as well as serious allergic reactions, have been reported during postmarketing use with dental products containing chlorhexidine.

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Sunstar Americas

Sunstar Americas, Inc., (formerly John O. Butler Company) is a member of the Sunstar Group of companies, a global organization headquartered in Switzerland that serves oral health care professionals and consumers in 90 countries around the world. Sunstar’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people everywhere via its four business areas: mouth and body, health and beauty, healthy home, safety and technology. Please visit us at

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