DRJ announces sales increased 31 percent for FY 2008
ENCINITAS, Calif. DRJ Group Inc., the makers of Stopain topical analgesics, on Thursday announced that sales increased 31 percent overall during its fiscal year 2008 ending June 30.
The most dramatic growth was in the grocery and health food category, which grew by 69 percent.
“We made some great enhancements to Stopain during the past 12 months,” stated Bob Miller, president and chief executive officer of DRJ. “This included adding our new, patented cream formula; improving on-shelf visibility with easy-to-read packaging; and widening the availability of our Stopain product family through increased distribution at some of the country’s major retailers and on our brand’s web site.”
Earlier this year, Meijer supercenters throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky began carrying Stopain products. In May, the sale of Stopain Spray and Roll-on began in Wal-Mart locations throughout the United States, the company stated.
The Emerson Group, a national sales organization that represents DRJ Group, reports that Stopain experienced one of the largest sales percentage increases of any of its clients during fiscal year 2008.
Stopain products include the company’s new patented cream formula, as well as spray and roll-on SKUs.
Stopain can be purchased nationally in over 25,000 independent pharmacies and national chain drug stores, including Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS and Rite-Aid.
Wyeth appoints new vp of communications
MADISON, N.J. Wyeth on Wednesday named Daniel McIntyre, 54, to the position of vice president of corporate communications, reporting to Timothy Cost, senior vice president of corporate affairs.
“Wyeth is in one of the most important periods in its history,” Cost stated. “We are building momentum toward developing new therapies for patients even as we transform our organization for the future. Having Dan now leading our communications team is an important part of our plan to meet new and evolving challenges.”
McIntyre will be responsible for all internal and external communications for the corporation and its three major divisions—pharmaceuticals, consumer health care and animal health—around the world.
Prior to joining Wyeth, McIntyre held a series of senior executive positions in communications and health care. Most recently, he was managing director of the healthcare practice of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications. He previously served in senior level communications and public policy positions for Pharmacia Corporation, Bayer Corporation’s Pharmaceutical Division, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
An honors graduate of Seton Hall University, McIntyre holds an MPA from Rutgers University. He is a member of the executive committee of the Rutgers University Foundation, and has served on the boards of trustees of Caldwell College, the American Association for World Health, the New England Healthcare Institute and Connecticut United for Research Excellence. He is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Studies highlight importance of vitamin D, Indian ginseng with milk and omega-3
WASHINGTON The Dietary Supplement Information Bureau, now part of the Natural Products Foundation, on Tuesday issued a research update covering September that included studies on vitamin D, Indian ginseng with milk and omega-3.
According to an article by Sylvia Christakos of the New Jersey Medical School, vitamin D, the principal regulator of calcium in the body, may help prevent the production of malignant cells such as breast and prostate cancer cells and protect against specific autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis.
The article cited research finding the incidence of MS decreases as the amount of vitamin D available to the body increases, either through sunlight exposure or diet. The article also reported MS is “for the most part, unknown in equatorial regions” and the prevalence of the disease is lower in areas where fish consumption is high. The study is available online in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry.
A team of American researchers recently examined whether drinking whole cows’ milk with Indian ginseng can increase the body’s white blood cells, a factor that can help boost immunity. The study was led by Heather Zwickey of the National College of Natural Medicine’s Helfgott Research Institute, Portland, Ore.
Test subjects who consumed a milk and ginseng concoction were found to have a statistically significant overall increase in the level of white blood cell activation. The team’s findings were presented during the 23rd annual meeting of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians held in Phoenix in mid-August. The full findings of the study will be published this fall.
And a study conducted by a team from Kronos Longevity Research Institute found a diet high in omega-3 fat improves insulin sensitivity and reduces inflammatory markers, but does not alter endocrine responsiveness in older adults. Consuming a diet high in omega-3s was found to significantly improve insulin sensitivity, reduce triglycerides in women and reduce free fatty acids in men.