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Costco cancels Iranian business memberships in Japan, U.K.

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Workers for Iran’s airline and embassy in Japan will have to go somewhere else for their big packages of paper towels.

Costco Wholesale Corp. said it found and canceled four employees of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Japan and two employees of Iran Air in the United Kingdom who had business memberships with the club retailer. The embassy employees spent about $5,497 at the store, while the Iran Air members didn’t spend any money, for a total profit of less than $168.

"The Company does not intend to continue these activities," a quarterly regulatory filing read. The disclosure was made under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012.

Of the club retailer’s 627 stores around the world, 24 are in the United Kingdom, while 15 are in Japan.

 

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PhRMA: 215 drugs under development for cardiovascular disease

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — More than 200 drugs are under development for cardiovascular disease, according to a drug industry trade group.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America announced Wednesday the release of a report showing that 215 drugs are under development for heart disease and stroke. More than 83 million Americans have at least one type of cardiovascular disease, and a person in the United States dies from it every 39 seconds, according to the American Heart Association.

"Safe and effective medicines that control blood pressure and lower cholesterol have helped to significantly reduce deaths from heart disease," PhRMA president and CEO John Castellani said. "The cardiovascular therapies in the pipeline reflect the commitment of America’s biopharmaceutical research companies to build on the progress made to date and help patients lead longer and healthier lives."

The drugs under development — all of them in clinical trials or under review by the Food and Drug Administration — include 30 for heart failure, 29 for lipid disorders, 19 for stroke and 17 for high blood pressure. 

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New Salese lozenges look to ease symptoms of those who suffer dry mouth

BY Jason Owen

Santa Clara, Calif. — Nuvora Inc. announced today the availability of a new soft lozenge to help provide relief for those who suffer from dry mouth.

Salese is a sugar-free and alcohol-free lozenge with Nuvora’s patented SuRe (sustained release) delivery system, which enables the lozenge to relieve dry mouth for one hour or longer, the company stated. The SuRe technology allows the lozenge to dissolve slower and release active ingredients at a more sustained rate than such traditional dry mouth products as toothpastes, mouthwash and chewing gum, which may last only minutes, the company said. The technology is designed to also neutralize acid pH levels, killing 99.9% of bacteria and helping to eliminate germs that may cause bad breath.

Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva production, which can occur as a side effect of numerous prescription and over-the-counter medications for pain, allergies, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, as well as a symptom of Sjoren’s Syndrome and Lupus, the company stated. Dry mouth is also common in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy around the head and neck. Drinking plenty of water, chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free hard candy are helpful ways to stimulate saliva production, but may be short lived, the company stated.

“For someone who suffers from dry mouth on a daily basis, a few minutes of relief just isn’t enough,” explains Bolko Stolberg, EVP of Nuvora Inc., creator of Salese. “With this unique patented technology, we can now offer longer lasting relief to not only provide comfort to dry mouth sufferers but to improve the overall health of the mouth and gums — helping to combat tooth decay, inflammations and other serious oral infections from developing.”

Salese’s key ingredients include Xanthan gum —  which locks in moisture —  essential oils and Xylitol that help to destroy bacteria and prevent tooth decay, sodium bicarbonate to help neutralize pH levels to protect tooth enamel and zinc to prevent bad breath.

Salese is available for $5.99 in peppermint and wintergreen flavors at DrugStore.com, Walgreens.com and ShopRite.


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