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Antibacterial Pens Stop Pathogen Spread

Senator Pens, an international pen manufacturer, recently developed and released a unique writing instrument called the Anti-Bac pen. A fully functional ink pen, the Anti-Bac is designed to prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of infection.  According to researchers, the Anti-Bac pen kills 99.9% of harmful viruses and bacteria.

The key feature of the Ant-Bac is an anti-bacterial additive embedded in the plastic of the pen. The additive remains inside the pen–it is not coated or lacquered–and is effective for 100% of the pen’s lifetime. As soon as the pen comes into contact with bacteria, it begins a process that essentially destroys the bacteria through starvation, protecting and cleaning the pen’s handlers from potentially threatening bacteria. Consequently, the pen re-cleans itself, and has thus been dubbed the “The Living Pen” by its creators.

Tests conducted by an independent technology lab confirmed the additive’s ability to limit the most virulent strains of bacteria, including MRSA, C. Difficile (spores), Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli.  Because of its effectiveness in combating these bacteria, the pen is ideal for use in environments where pens change hands frequently, such as offices, hospitals, schools, and eating establishments.

Although it has not been confirmed, early indications suggest that Anti-Bac will also be equally effective against the H1N1 “Swine Flu.”

The pen has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug

Administration, the E.U. Biocide Product Directive, and the U.K. Health

and Safety Directive.

Bernard Evans, managing director of Anti-Bac, said, “This is not just the ideal pen for healthcare facilities, but for anywhere that pens might be shared between colleagues, customers or the general public. Reception areas, supermarkets and banks all provide ideal breeding grounds for the fast-multiplying single-celled organisms behind so many common ailments. And restaurants are particularly vulnerable with the added challenge of keeping kitchens germ free.”

For more information, visit www.antibacpen.com.

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  • We have had a lot of inquiries about this pen since its release in 2010, and now market it for Senator Pens. Last week ABC News covered a story on the spread of germs, and focused on the pen, but did not discuss the benefits of Senator Pen’s Antibac model specifically. The research and testing specifications are linked to our website from Senator for anyone interested in reading about the technology used in the plastic.