BASF, OrganoBalance to commercialize probiotic to improve oral health
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. BASF earlier this month announced plans to commercialize the oral-friendly probiotic pro-t-action in collaboration with OrganoBalance.
“Working closely with OrganoBalance, we have been able to identify the L. paracasei strain that effectively and exclusively binds to the caries bacteria and in doing so improves elimination from the mouth,” stated Markus Pompejus, senior manager BASF Future Business. “The effectiveness of the active ingredients combined with BASF’s ability to offer a product ready for incorporation into everyday oral care products, truly represents new and exciting possibilities in the way of significantly improving oral health.”
Based on probiotic microorganisms, the active ingredient in pro-t-action binds to and eliminates bacteria from the mouth. The Berlin-based OrganoBalance is specialized in microbial strain development and microbiological screening.
Together the companies identified a very particular strain of Lactobacillus paracasei and BASF has since developed a proprietary production process enabling the active ingredient to be easily integrated into everyday consumer products like toothpaste, mouthwash, candies, lozenges and chewing gums used for daily oral care.
Bacteria in the oral cavity, such as Streptococcus mutans, initiate the onset of tooth decay converting the sugar from food into acids. These acids ultimately destroy tooth enamel, reducing essential minerals protecting the teeth and thus lead to lesions or cavities. Shown in testing, the active ingredient, L. paracasei, in pro-t-action has the ability to target the bacteria and bind exclusively to them. The bacteria can then be flushed out of the oral cavity by normal swallowing or rinsing. Needing to remain in the oral cavity for only a minimum of ten seconds to become active, pro-t-action is tasteless, odorless, pH-neutral and helps to maintain the healthy and beneficial microflora in the oral cavity.
Research on L. paracasei for the development of pro-t-action was conducted as a joint effort by OrganoBalance and BASF, in collaboration with the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. The findings of the research, led by Jason Tanzer, University of Connecticut Health Center, and those of Christine Lang, OrganoBalance, was presented before the International Association of Dental Research annual conference held in Miami April 1 to 4.
HPCUS salutes Borneman with lifetime achievement award at convention
BALTIMORE The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States last week awarded John “Jack” Borneman, III, its Wyrth Post Baker Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than 35 years of service to the homeopathy industry.
Borneman has spent his lifetime committed to the development and regulation of homeopathic medicine within the United States as the third of four generations of “John Bornemans” who attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, Borneman joined the firm of John A. Borneman and Sons, Homeopathic Pharmacists, which was founded by his grandfather in 1907. In 1980, Borneman was a founding director of HPCUS, and in 1983, he was elected the second president of the organization. In the course of his 25 years as president, his leadership evolved HPCUS into a respected international body of scientists and experts. His work has led to the wide availability of standardized, high-quality medications to the general public. In Aug. 2008, Borneman assumed the role of HPCUS chairman of the board, where he continues to be a guiding force in a rapidly growing industry. He continues to lecture on homeopathy to both pharmacy and physician assistant students at University of the Sciences, and maintains a practice in community pharmacy and patient care at Treatment Options Pharmacy in King of Prussia, Pa.
The HPCUS also recognized Andy Bormeth and Edward Conway with its Awards of Merit for Service to Homeopathy. Bormeth, who passed away July 19, 2009, was recognized for his contributions to HPCUS, including extending accessibility to the modern HPUS by creating its online presence and utility. His award was accepted on his behalf by his wife of 20 years, Celinda Bormeth.
Conway contributes to HPCUS on an ongoing basis as its editorial and Web site content manager. He volunteers his time to extend Bormeth’s initial efforts to include news and other relevant information to interested parties at www.hpus.com.
The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States sets standards for quality and safety of homeopathic drugs in the United States by maintaining and regularly updating the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). The HPUS is the official compendium within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for listing of homeopathic drugs and is the technical basis for FDA regulation of the industry. The organization is composed of technical experts in the field of homeopathic medicine including: clinicians, pharmacists, biologists, chemists, botanists, toxicologists, and safety, legal and policy experts. HPCUS meets regularly to consider new drug monographs and technical standards.
Rite Aid to launch Wellness+ program nationwide
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Monday announced that its new Wellness+ customer rewards program that provides members with free health-and-wellness benefits, as well as shopping discounts and special prices, is launching nationwide.
“Our customers told us they wanted a program that offered more than just discounts. The Wellness+ program marries our customers’ fiscal and physical well-being, and we reward them with both member-only shopping discounts and health-and-wellness benefits that increase the more they shop and the more prescriptions they fill at Rite Aid,” stated John Learish, Rite Aid SVP marketing. “We’ve tested this program in four markets over the last six months, and results exceeded our expectations. This is the drug store industry’s only customer rewards program focused around pharmacy and wellness.”
The program will be supported by a national television, radio, circular and digital advertising campaign.
The free Rite Aid Wellness+ rewards card offers immediate benefits including 24/7 toll-free access to a pharmacist and 10% off Rite Aid brand products. Member-only discounts are listed each week in Rite Aid’s weekly newspaper circulars, and there are special member-only temporary price reductions and offers on register receipts, via e-mail and online.
Members accrue points with eligible pharmacy and store purchases to get free health screenings and additional merchandise discounts including 20% off non-prescription regularly priced items every day. Members’ wellness+ points are tracked automatically, and a tiered benefits structure combines health-and-wellness rewards with savings rewards.
Members earn one point for every dollar spent on non-prescription store purchases and 25 points for every eligible prescription they fill at Rite Aid.
At 125, 250 and 375 points, members will receive a one-time-use shopping pass via e-mail or mail good for 10% off any non-prescription, regularly-priced purchases.
When customers earn 500 points, they’ll receive 10% off all non-prescription regularly priced items every day at Rite Aid. They’ll also get a certificate for free health screenings — blood glucose and total cholesterol screenings at a local lab — and they can pick up their test results at their local Rite Aid.
When members earn 1,000 points, they’ll receive 20% off all non-prescription regularly priced Rite Aid purchases every day.
Program rules can be found in-store and at www.riteaid.com, including purchases that are excluded from point accrual and discounts such as cigarettes, alcohol, gift cards, online purchases, lottery tickets, licenses, money orders and transfers, prepaid cards, stamps, other mail services and items prohibited by law, Rite Aid stated.