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Alliance Labs launches OTC hospital-strength mini-enemas

BY David Salazar

Phoenix — Two new over-the-counter enemas are offering quick constipation relief without having to wait for a hospital visit. 

Alliance Labs announced Tuesday that it would be offering hospital-strength mini-enemas DocuSol and DocuSol Plus at Rite Aid pharmacies, as well as on Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.

The two products use an active ingredient that helps the bowel function normally, usually clearing up constipation in two to 15 minutes. DocuSol Plus contains the topical pain reliever benzocaine for those with hemorrhoids. 

DocuSol and DocuSol plus will be sold in boxes of five tubes.

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New Smart Tray helps expand counter space for beauty mavens

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — New to the beauty and travel scene is Smart Tray, a portable personal care product that turns a bathroom sink into expanded counter space.  

The first of many product innovations to come from Style Pro 31, the new Smart Try is a portable, lightweight foldout tray that fits over most pedestal and traditional sinks to provide additional surface area and counter space (up to 288 square inches).

The Smart Tray alleviates and organizes the typical clutter that surrounds sinks. It expands usable space by allowing objects to be placed directly on it — even with the water running. The device also promotes safety by keeping electric appliances like blow dryers, curling and flat irons and shavers — and their cords — out of the sink and away from water hazards. Similar to a food tray, the Smart Tray even allows users to carry their items all together to and from the bathroom, making it easier to store and pack their essentials and make room for others to use the sink.

When not in use, the Smart Tray’s collapsible design and drawstring bag allows it to be easily stored and transported. The product is also heat resistant and dishwasher safe, so standard personal care appliances will not burn the Smart Tray and it can be easily cleaned.

The Smart Tray is available online at StylePro31.com for $39.99 in either black or white.
 

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Former USC Pharmacy dean, Allergan pioneer Biles dies

BY David Salazar

SAN DIEGO — John Biles, who led the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy for 27 years, died June 27. During his time at USC, Biles cultivated a partnership between the school and Allergan.

Born in Del Norte, Colorado, Biles attended the University of Colorado, earning a Ph.D in chemistry, teaching at various universities before joining USC’s faculty as an assistant professor in 1952.

It was around this time that Biles was tapped by Allergan to help recreate the original formulas for its allergy products following the unexpected death of the chemist who had devised the formulas.

“There would be no Allergan today had John not recreated those formulas,” Allergan’s co-founder and former chairman, Gavin Herbert said at an event in 2012 celebrating the partnership between the school that emerged after Biles recreated Allergan’s formulas.

Since 1977, Allergan has offered fellowships to recently graduated Ph. D and PharmD interested in learning more about the field.

In his time at USC, Biles also established several joint degree programs, allowing Doctor of Pharmacy candidates to earn MBAs or certificates in gerontology simultaneously.

“The imprint of Dean Emeritus John Biles on our school is deep and strong,” said School of Pharmacy Dean R. Pete Vanderveen. “He truly stands as one of the nation’s greatest-ever pharmacy deans. Pharmacists from USC and nationwide owe him a great debt of gratitude.”

Biles is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret, as well as their daughter and two grandsons.

There will be a memorial service for Biles on Sept. 20 at the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church in Pacific Palisades, California. Donations can be made to the church in lieu of flowers.

Photo/courtesy of USC School of Pharmacy

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