WartStick® is a signature product of Balassa Laboratories, a family-owned business with a rich heritage that traces back to a local pharmacy in the 1930s. Our long-standing success is a testament to our commitment to excellence and an unwavering resolve to provide the best solutions for our customers. While larger corporations may exist, none can compete with our legacy of consistently delivering satisfaction over generations.

In the mid-1930s, our founder, Mr. Joseph Balassa, created WartStick in his pharmacy. Its effectiveness in removing warts quickly made it a popular choice, leading Mr. Balassa to officially trademark the product in 1937.

Mr. Nick DiGaetano began his journey at a young age of 12 in Mr. Balassa’s pharmacy, starting from humble beginnings and eventually becoming the delivery boy. Mr. Balassa’s drive and dedication inspired Mr. DiGaetano to become the first in his family to attend college and eventually become a pharmacist. A deep bond developed between them over time, akin to a father-son relationship.

When Mr. Balassa passed away in 1967, he left his pharmacy and the prized book of formulas, including the WartStick formula, to Mr. DiGaetano. Honoring this legacy, Mr. DiGaetano established Balassa Laboratories. With the help of family members, especially his son Jim, the company continues to prosper.

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Our family has been proudly making WartStick® for over 50 years. The origin of WartStick®, however, dates back even further.

My dad’s mentor, Joseph Balassa, invented the formula in the 1930s: hence our company’s name, Balassa Laboratories, Inc. My dad met Mr. Balassa when he was 12 years old and got a job washing floors at the pharmacy Mr. Balassa owned. He knew that my dad was looking for work to help support his family. When dad was 15 years old, he became the pharmacy’s delivery boy and continued working there for many years.

Mr. Balassa was an outstanding pharmacist and although he compounded many formulas, his corn callus and wart remover was legendary and highly sought after. My dad learned how to make Mr. Balassa’s prized corn, callus, and wart removers back then.

Although none of my dad’s family had ever gone to college, with Mr. Balassa’s encouragement, my dad went on to receive his degree in pharmacy. Mr. Balassa never married, so as he grew older, my dad was like a son to him and helped take care of him. When Mr. Balassa passed away in 1967, he left his pharmacy and the original and unique formula for his corn, callus, and wart remover to my dad.

Just as Mr. Balassa inspired my dad, so has my dad inspired me. Like the rest of my family, I share my dad’s passion for our business and its wonderful products, like WartStick®.

New wart removers come and go, but WartStick® and its unique formula have stood the test of time. WartStick® has been used and trusted by millions of people for decades. Doctors continue to recommend it to their patients. We are dedicated to continuing Balassa Laboratories’ standard of excellence and preserving Mr. Balassa’s legacy of helping people get rid of ugly, embarrassing warts.

– Jim DiGaetano

At Balassa Laboratories Inc., we strive to provide top-quality products that comply with FDA guidelines. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority, and we work diligently to ensure our offerings meet the needs of those who trust us with their health and well-being.


Discover Our Renowned Products

As the manufacturer of WartSTICK®, WartSTICK® for Plantar Warts, and CornSTICK®, Balassa Laboratories, Inc. has established a reputation for delivering high-quality solutions for common skin concerns. Explore our product offerings and experience the difference our commitment to excellence makes.

Powerful, effective relief for corns and calluses

Experience the targeted action of CornSTICK®, a specialized solution with Maximum Strength Salicylic Acid designed to provide relief from corns.

Formulated with precision and care, CornSTICK works to gently and effectively alleviate discomfort while promoting healthier skin.

Trust CornSTICK to deliver the relief you’ve been seeking and enjoy the confidence that comes from smoother, healthier feet.

The trusted solution for wart removal

Discover the power of WartSTICK®, a reliable remedy crafted to address stubborn warts with ease.

Our expertly formulated product is designed to target warts directly, helping to remove them while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin.

Turn to WartSTICK for a trusted and effective solution to help you regain your skin’s natural beauty and comfort.

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