Valley businessman creates lotion that could protect against Ebola

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale businessman says he created a lotion that could guard against Ebola.

Richard Rich owns a company called R&R Lotion which manufactures and distributes lotions, sunscreens and other products for commercial and industrial use.

Rich claims his newest creation, a hand lotion called I.C. Barrier Lotion, guards against and kills a wide variety of germs and viruses.

Rich says that unlike traditional hand sanitizers, his product doesn't wipe off easily and will kill and protect against germs for up to four hours.

"I’m mad that the nurses and the doctors and the first responders have only the alcohol," Rich said. "That’s old technology. There’s got to be something else out there."

Rich says the lotion is best used as an additional line of defense in case gloves rip or a part of the skin is exposed to dangerous bodily fluids.

The company is currently testing the product on HIV and Hepatitis C. His next round of testing is expected to include enterovirus and polio.

Rich says his product has passed every lab test so far and is confirmed to protect against MRSA, staph infections, E. coli, salmonella and other bacteria.

He hopes to have the product tested on Ebola one day soon.

Rich says he is getting calls from companies, government agencies and hospitals about his new product.

"I’m not asking for money; I have plenty of money," Rich said. "I think I've got something that is a help."