March 4, 2011

Boiron this past fall administered an online makeover across its Oscillo.com site and introduced three additional Internet destinations: ChildrensOscillo.com, Chestal.com and ChildrensChestal.com. The new websites all feature helpful tips for staying healthy and offer Web visitors money-saving coupons.

March 4, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Eisai to treat a rare form of epilepsy, the drug maker said Friday.

March 4, 2011

Gilead on Friday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has removed a boxed warning about a possible liver injury risk caused by the drug maker's hypertension treatment.

March 4, 2011

Pregnant mothers taking a common drug for treating epilepsy may be putting their babies at risk, according to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration.

March 4, 2011

A new study revealed that a single gene mutation might be the cause of Type 2 diabetes.

March 4, 2011

Alarming statistics are as common in the healthcare world as healthcare workers themselves, but some of the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are particularly dramatic: Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, the agency said in late January, and an estimated 79 million U.S. adults — representing more than one-third of all adults in the country — have prediabetes.

March 4, 2011

A funny thing happened on the way to the cash register. A coveted diabetic shopper intent on saving money saw promotions that resonated with value. She was hooked.

On this trip, promotions influenced her to expand her basket from just insulin to related care items, foot cream and a sugar-free treat. It was as if the retailer and suppliers completely understood her daily regimen, lifestyle, shopping behaviors, willingness to spend and purchase triggers. Indeed, they did.

How? They mastered the process of promotion optimization.

March 4, 2011

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Women who long for sleek locks don’t have to pay salon prices for a blowout or worry about the potential health hazards of some salon formulas. Enter the Organix Ever Straight Brazilian keratin therapy collection for the mass market. Debuting this spring, the new line features organic active ingredients in a formaldehyde-free formula. In addition to a sulfate and sodium-free shampoo, conditioner, flat iron spray and antibreakage serum ($7.99 each), the line includes a 30-day smoothing treatment ($14.99).

March 4, 2011

NEW YORK — The Manhattan Institute has come up with a novel idea to help New York state slash its healthcare costs by a hefty $350 million by 2020: Expand access to retail health clinics.

Sounds simple enough, right? Think again.

March 4, 2011

Walgreens’ winning of an award for its MTM services came right before it joined the Care Continuum Alliance — a group of more than 200 stakeholders that provide such services as wellness and prevention programs and management of chronic conditions — of which CVS Caremark already was a member.

March 4, 2011

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite recently introduced a new probiotic daily supplement combined with a multivitamin that may encourage regular use of probiotics. Called Nature Made Triple Probiotic, the blend includes three probiotic strains, along with vitamins A, C and E; minerals iron, magnesium and zinc; and other vitamins and minerals.

March 4, 2011

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. — Pollen.com and Weather Trends International last month teamed together on a new forecast tool for allergy sufferers: a 28-day weather forecast by zip code to help people with allergies better plan when pollen levels are likely to be high in their area.

March 4, 2011

NEW YORK — Sure, the plethora of proton-pump inhibitors dotting digestive aisles these days have generated plenty of buzz among antacids, but what do heartburn sufferers do while they wait for the PPI to begin working? They turn to an immediate relief option like the Tums and Tums Ultra brands, which together generated growth of 96.3% to $24.9 million for the 12 weeks ended Jan. 23 across food, drug and mass (minus Walmart), according to SymphonyIRI Group data.

March 4, 2011

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In support of that, Boehringer Ingelheim’s Dulcolax brand this year has partnered with the Colon Cancer Alliance. Following is CCA’s CEO Andrew Spiegel on that partnership:

DSN: How has Dulcolax partnered with CCA?

March 4, 2011

SUPPLIER NEWS — Impax Labs received regulatory approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic version of a bacterial infection treatment. The drug maker said the FDA approved its 150-mg doxycycline monohydrate capsules, a drug used to treat bacterial infections and a generic version of Adoxa, made by Nycomed subsidiary PharmaDerm. The 150-mg strength of Adoxa had sales of about $25 million during the 12 months ended in December 2010, according to Wolters Kluwer.

March 4, 2011

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Delays or limits in the supply of flu vaccines can exacerbate disparities in vaccination rates among elderly whites, African-Americans and Hispanics, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

March 4, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Splintek Health Products recently launched its SleepRight Nasal Breathe Aid — a snore-relieving product entry into the nasal strip category that retails for a suggested $11.99.

According to the company, the product reduces snoring, relieves nasal congestion and is adhesive-free and reusable. Flexible flares expand the nasal passages to significantly increase airflow, while forming to the shape of the user’s nose for a custom, comfortable fit. Each SleepRight Breathe Aid lasts up to 15 days. 

March 4, 2011

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that potassium levels in the blood may explain a racial disparity among Type 2 diabetes patients.

March 4, 2011

With pharmacists across the country now able to administer vaccinations, the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan came at just the right time.

March 4, 2011

Walgreens on Friday joined the Care Continuum Alliance, an alliance of more than 200 stakeholders providing services across the continuum of care — from wellness and prevention to chronic condition management and complex care management.

March 4, 2011

Wellesse earlier this week introduced its Digestive 3-in-1 Health, a liquid supplement that promotes healthy digestion and regularity, soothes the stomach and helps the body resist occasional imbalance.

March 3, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for pain and inflammatory diseases made by Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Amneal said Thursday.

March 3, 2011

The nurse practitioner-staffed retail clinic concept has sparked a revolution in health care, and now even physicians are re-examining the model to find new ways to create value and improve healthcare delivery.

March 3, 2011

Endo Pharmaceuticals has launched a recently approved testosterone gel for men.