THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A mosquito repellent for outdoor use in tissue (�wipes) and sachet format, based on a molecule � diethyl phenyl acetamide (DEPA) � developed by the Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was launched in the country here on Thursday.
DEPA formulations are in regular use by the Indian Army over the past five years and the technology has been transferred on an exclusive basis to Jyothy Laboratories.
The company will bring out DEPA multi-insect repellent in its varied formulations for the masses for protection from painful insect bites and vector-borne diseases as a defence technology spin-off for civil society.
Addressing a press conference here after Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy dedicating the technology to the nation, Chairman and Managing Director of Jyothy Laboratories M.P. Ramachandran said the new product was under the umbrella brand of �Maxo mosquito repellents and will offer six-and-a-half hours to eight hours protection.
He said DEPA was an effective molecule against all blood-sucking insects such as mosquitoes, sand flies, biting midges, rat fleas and mites. Extensive studies had been carried out on the toxicology, safety and efficiency of DEPA. It had been included in the Indian Pharmacopoeia and was approved by the WHO