FDA approves Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Sustiva for HIV in infants, toddlers
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug for HIV in infants and toddlers.
Bristol-Myers Squibb said the FDA approved Sustiva (efavirenz) for HIV-1 in pediatric patients as young as 3 months and weighing at least 7.7 pounds. The approval includes a "capsule sprinkle" administration option for those who can’t swallow capsules or tablets, whereby capsules are broken open and the contents are sprinkled on food or a beverage. The new approval was under a supplemental new drug application, or sNDA, which means the drug was approved for a new use in addition to approvals it had already received; the FDA originally approved Sustiva in 1998 for children ages 3 years and older.
"Bristol-Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of offering alternative methods of administration of HIV medicines, including for pediatric patients who cannot swallow tablets or capsules, and their caregivers who help manage their treatment," Bristol-Myers Squibb SVP global development and medical affairs Brian Daniels said. "This approval is one example of our enduring commitment to the HIV patient community."
Ethnic hair care brand Motions introduces new Straight Finish
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Ethnic hair care brand Motions has introduced its new Motions Straight Finish Heat Styled System, which is a three-step product line that, with the help of heat styling tools, helps women with natural hair textures go from curly to straight and back again without losing their curls.
According to a recent survey, 1-out-of-4 African-American women with natural hair would like to straight-style their hair, but only if their curl pattern would not be compromised, according to the manufacturer.
Motions Straight Finish Heat Styled System features a "bounce back" formula — with a blend of natural oils and keratin protein — that is designed to prep, protect and seal naturally curly hair. At each step of the process, Motions Straight Finish is designed to help to smooth and elongate natural curls, allowing for optimal straight styling results, and after just one wash, hair returns to its original curly pattern and texture.
Motions Straight Finish will launch with an online program centered around #Curly2Straight transformations and featuring a series of Twitter parties throughout the month of May. The Twitter parties, co-hosted by hair experts and enthusiasts, will help debunk the many myths associated with straight styling natural hair. Joining in the chats will be celebrity hair stylist Ursula Stephen; natural hair vlogger Taren Guy; Atlanta-based hair and beauty blogger Lexi Felder of LexiWithTheCurls; and fashion and beauty blogger Danielle Gray of TheStyleandBeautyDoctor.
Each week, Motions will give girls access to these digital influencers and all their hair, beauty and style expertise. Participants can ask questions, share their "curly 2 straight" transformations, have the chance to win prizes and more.
Motions Straight Finish Heat Styled System has a suggested retail price of $6.99 each and is now available at select Target and Walmart locations nationwide, as well as online at Drugstore.com.
New Jersey attorney general’s office releases anticrime best practices for pharmacy
NEW YORK — Retail pharmacies, drug makers and law enforcement have a variety of methods used to fight organized crime, and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has drawn up a list of best practices that pharmacies can use to keep stores, drugs, staff and customers safe.
The guidelines, released last week, offers such recommendations as keeping drugs that are controlled substances in a locked safe or locked refrigerator and only allowing the pharmacist to have access to them, as well as accompanying anybody who is not a staff member who enters the pharmacy, such as plumbers, accountants and building inspectors. Other methods include silent panic buttons and monitoring systems.
Pharmacy crime has become a growing problem across the country as drug addicts turn to prescription drugs to get high, and such drugs command high prices on the street and on underground online drug marketplaces. Popular targets for addicts include opioid painkillers and stimulants. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, armed robberies of pharmacies increased by 81% between 2006 and 2010, from 380 to 686.