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Distribution for INGfertility’s Pre~Seed expands

BY Michael Johnsen

SPOKANE, Wash. — INGfertility on Monday announced that its Pre~Seed "fertility-friendly" personal lubricant has added distribution through Walgreens, including Duane Reade.

Pre~Seed’s formula matches the pH, osmolality (ion content) and viscosity (thickness) of a woman’s fertile fluids. It is applied internally prior to intercourse to support an optimal environment for sperm. In contrast, medical studies have shown the damage to sperm that can be caused by most common lubricants. "Many couples who are trying to conceive have increased incidence of vaginal dryness, due to the stress of ‘having to have’ intercourse during the woman’s fertile time," stated GD Clifton, INGfertility CEO. "Pre~Seed offers a safe alternative for these couples.”

Pre~Seed also is available at CVS/pharmacy, the company reported.

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Alli set to launch chewable tablet this year in Europe

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON — GlaxoSmithKline has received a license extension in Europe for its popular weight-loss pill Alli.

The drug maker said it plans to sell new chewable tablets this spring, available at pharmacies throughout the United Kingdom.

Alli has been available in the United Kingdom since early 2009.

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Stiefel announces OTC switch for acne washes

BY Antoinette Alexander

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — GlaxoSmithKline company Stiefel has made its popular acne wash formulations available for over-the-counter use.

Stiefel will market two products that are indicated for the treatment of acne over the counter under the PanOxyl brand: PanOxyl acne creamy wash will be available in 4% BPO and 8% BPO.

A marketing campaign directed toward pharmacists and dermatologists will communicate details of the new PanOxyl 4% and 8% BPO acne creamy washes. The products will be available for shipment in May.

"Stiefel’s creamy wash formulations have been physician favorites for several years," stated Shayne Sundholm, VP of U.S. nonprescription dermatology at Stiefel. "And we are excited to be able to offer them to a larger number of consumers through the retail market."

PanOxyl 4% and 8% acne creamy washes feature a patented delivery system that includes dimethyl isosorbide, which solubilizes BPO and reduces particulate-based skin irritation and inflammation commonly experienced with conventional BPO formulations, the company stated.

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