Jenny Thompson Signs Deal to Educate Americans on Risk of Summertime Activities

NEW YORK, July 9. DERMIK Laboratories’ Penlac (ciclopirox, 8%) Nail Lacquer Brand Team has joined forces with Jenny Thompson, the most medalled female US Olympic athlete of all time, to raise awareness about nail fungus and its treatment.

Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that affects millions of Americans every year. Walking barefoot in areas of possible contamination, such as swimming pools, is a risk factor for nail fungus.

Thompson, who is currently training for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (her fourth Olympics) while also attending medical school, suffers from onychomycosis.
"Personally, I have suffered with the embarrassment and pain of toenail fungus for five years, and only recently has my doctor treated my nail fungus with Penlac. Given the potential risk of side effects and blood tests associated with oral medications, my doctor prescribed a topical medication that I can apply right on my nail that is also convenient with my busy schedule. My hope is that I can reduce the stigma attached to dealing with and treating nail fungus for millions of Americans," said Thompson.

Thompson just completed a 23-city satellite media tour discussing various health risks associated with summer swimming activities, including tips on prevention of swimmer’s ear, dehydration, sunburn, as well as nail fungus.

Thompson will be working with Dermik though personal appearances and as a consultant with the company on various concepts for educating the public on nail fungus. Evan Morgenstein of Premier Management Group (Raleigh, N.C.), Thompson’s sports marketing agent, commented, "Dermik Laboratories has presented Jenny with an opportunity to give back, make a difference and help others. They are providing her a platform to continue to grow her presence as the most dominant female U.S. Olympic athlete of all-time. What more could a future doctor want from a corporate partner?"

Penlac is a topical prescription treatment for mild to moderate fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails. In addition to a daily application of Penlac, you will also need to trim your nails as directed and visit your healthcare professional at regular intervals for removal of the unattached infected nails. It is particularly important if you have diabetes to see your health care professional prior to starting treatment, and to find if you, or your health care professional should trim your nails. Penlac is well-tolerated: The most common side effects are redness around nails and nail disorders including shape change, irritation, ingrown toenail and discoloration. For more information on Penlac visit

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