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Astroglide launches lubricant for sensitive skin

BY Michael Johnsen

VISTA, Calif. — Astroglide on Tuesday announced the launch of its new Astroglide Sensitive Skin Gel, a thicker personal lubricant formulated without common ingredients known to irritate sensitive skin.

Citing the International Society of Dermatology, Astroglide reported that nearly 50% of the total American population suffers from skin sensitivity, with more women suffering from this affliction than men. "Astroglide Sensitive Skin Gel addresses the needs of this large population of people who have either never tried a personal lubricant because of sensitivity concerns, or who have stopped using personal lubricants because of irritation," the company stated.  

Astroglide Sensitive Skin Gel is free from alcohol, glycerin, fragrances or parabens and also contains aloe vera and chamomile flower extract.


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Advanced Vision Research names new VP professional relations

BY Michael Johnsen

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Advanced Vision Research on Monday named Diane Houtman VP professional relations. A licensed Optometrist, Houtman will serve as the medical and clinical lead for all AVR projects and will act as corporate liaison to the medical community. 

"[Houtman’s] background as a clinician and business executive provides a unique perspective and skill set that will benefit our business both internally and externally with customers," stated Scott Chapman, general manager of Advanced Vision Research.  

Houtman earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. She completed her Refractive Surgery and Cornea Fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants and received an MBA from the University of Florida. 

Prior to joining AVR, Houtman worked for global eye care company, Alcon Laboratories, in a variety of positions including, associate director, global medical affairs; associate director, clinical development and principal as a clinical research scientist. In addition, she served as  the clinical and regulatory affairs liaison for Alcon China. 

Houtman is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Optometric Council on Refractive Technology, Optometric Refractive Surgery Society and Ophthalmic Women’s Leaders.

She is the recipient of the 2000 Minnesota Optometric Association Presidential Merit Award and has been published in numerous medical publications. In addition, Houtman is a reviewer for the International Journal of Ophthalmology and a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at professional meetings and conventions.

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i-Health launches Culturelle in adult-strength chewable format

BY Michael Johnsen

CROMWELL, Conn. — i-Health on Monday released an adult-strength chewable version of their probiotic brand — Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic Chewables. According to i-Health, the new tablet allows easier daily probiotic consumption for the large number of adults who experience difficulty swallowing pills.

"A study cited by the American Medical Association found that 40% of Americans have difficulty swallowing pills — a fact reinforced by the many individuals who were unable to take our current formulation, but saw its benefits with their family members," stated Michael Petschek, director of marketing for i-Health. "We created the chewable version as a natural solution for this very large portion of the population, as well as for those who are looking for ways to simplify their daily routines in the quest for overall well-being."

Culturelle uses a unique and proprietary packaging process, which guarantees 10 billion live active Lactobacillus GG cultures at the time of use, the company noted.


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