January 16, 2014

Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study by Flavia Indrio of the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy, that was released earlier this week.

January 9, 2014

Probiotics is another large-scale source of growth for the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, having realized a 33% rate of growth, or an increase in sales of $121 million in the last year, noted Doug Jones, Pharmavite spokesman.

December 26, 2013

Probiotics have continued to rake in sales this fall, and it’s a product category that still has plenty of growth potential.

December 18, 2013

Respiratory Syncytial Virus appears to cause milder illness than influenza in adults age 50 or older, researchers at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation announced,

December 13, 2013

MarketsandMarkets on Friday projected the global probiotics market would reach $23.9 billion by 2017.

December 11, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to limit the use of antimicrobials in food animals in an effort to stem the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the agency said Wednesday.

December 9, 2013

Swiss drug maker Novartis is providing a vaccine to Princeton University amid an outbreak of potentially fatal meningitis that has affected at least eight students, the university said Monday.

December 9, 2013

Two patients in Boston whom researchers had thought were cured of HIV have experienced a relapse of the infection, according to published reports.

December 4, 2013

The program to vaccinate children against chickenpox introduced in 1996 does not seem to be behind an increase in recent years in the number of cases of shingles, according to a new study.

December 2, 2013

Vaccines have prevented an estimated 100 million cases of serious childhood contagious diseases in the nearly 90 years since the vaccine for pertussis, or whooping cough, became available, according to a new study.

November 27, 2013

A new study is helping to provide a better understanding of vaccines for whooping cough, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

November 14, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has requested label and packaging changes of certain over-the-counter topical antiseptic products, according to an FDA MedWatch alert.

November 13, 2013

Nordic Naturals on Monday introduced Nordic Probiotic, an allergen-free probiotic that contains no dairy, wheat, gluten, corn or soy.

November 11, 2013

Shire will pay $4.2 billion to buy a drug maker specializing in treatments for rare diseases.

November 8, 2013

With more than $7.2 million in sales for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 8, the landmark launch of Orasure Technologies’ OraQuick In-Home HIV test last year was a key driver behind the 11.7% growth in the home-test kit across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

October 30, 2013

Vaccination of adolescents against whooping cough appears to result in fewer hospitalizations, according to a new study.

October 25, 2013

Pure Encapsulations on Thursday introduced PureHeart Probiotic, the newest addition to the PureHeart Protocol: Screening + Supplements = Success line of nutritional supplements.

October 10, 2013

Earlier this year, i-Health identified a niche need within the probiotic segment — an adult-strength chewable version of its probiotic brand, called Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic Chewables, for those consumers in search of alternatives to the tablets and caplets.

October 10, 2013

Many of the larger probiotic brands are experiencing significant growth. i-Health’s Culturelle generated $61.6 million in sales on a growth rate of 44.5% for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 11, according to IRI data across U.S. multi-outlets. And sales of Bayer’s Phillips Colon Health were up 18.5% to $58.7 million.

October 9, 2013

Flu is at the top of the list of diseases older adults plan to ask about, according to results from a new Harris Interactive consumer awareness survey, sponsored by Merck. Most of the more than 600 surveyed adults age 60 years and older are at least somewhat likely to ask their healthcare professional about preventing the flu this year, and are significantly more likely to ask about this than prevention of such other potentially serious diseases as shingles.

September 17, 2013

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria sicken more than 2 million people per year and kill at least 23,000, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 16, 2013

Actavis has launched a generic drug for post-shingles pain under an agreement with the branded drug's manufacturers, the company said Monday.

September 12, 2013

While pertussis is often considered a childhood disease, a new study from GlaxoSmithKline indicates it's a lot more common among older adults than commonly reported.

September 4, 2013

Aptalis Pharma has launched its 10-day drug therapy for treating a gastrointestinal bacterial infection and ulcer condition, the company said.