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GoGargle! named Best New Product at ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy

BY Michael Johnsen

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — O’Connor Companies’ new product GoGargle! was named Best New Product last week at the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy meeting. GoGargle! is an effervescent salt gargle that soothes and moisturizes dry and irritated throats in a new way. 

“GoGargle! is different,” stated January O’Connor, co-founder. “It uses salt-water — which has been touted by moms and grandmas for generations — to reach and cleanse the very back of your throat. But unlike grandma’s home remedy, this actually tastes great!”

GoGargle! combines salt with several soothing ingredients including honey, zinc, chamomile, aloe and natural mint flavor — along with 10 other vitamins and herbs.

GoGargle! is currently available for direct sale on their website, GoGargle.com, and at select “launch markets,” including Bashas’ Grocery Stores in Arizona, Hartig Drug Stores in the Midwest and Dorothy Lane Markets in Ohio.

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Detroit Lions, Walgreens provide complimentary flu shots to Detroit Lions Academy students

BY Michael Johnsen

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions and Walgreens earlier this week teamed up to tackle the flu in Detroit Public Schools. On Feb. 25 Walgreens, the official health and wellness partner of the Detroit Lions, will give Detroit Lions Academy students flu immunizations.

Students who choose to get flu immunizations will have the opportunity to participate in a Playworks recess session that includes special guest Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell.

Families — parents and siblings — of students are also welcome to receive complimentary flu immunizations.

The Detroit Lions Living for the City and Walgreens are in their second year of partnership. In both 2012 and 2013, the Lions and Walgreens partnered for the Flu Immunization Tour, which took place in several Walgreens stores around metro Detroit, featuring Lions’ players and alumni.

At Detroit Lions Academy, Walgreens hosts Wellness Wednesday, a weekly program that brings a pharmacist to the school to speak to students about relevant health and wellness issues, including illnesses and prevention. Walgreens also provides the academy with school supplies and sponsors a support classroom, which is primarily used for tutoring sessions, study hall and academic testing.

 

 

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WSJ: FDA to discuss updating monograph system

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration will host a public meeting in March to discuss updating the OTC monograph system, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday

According to the report, the FDA will consider improving the agency’s ability to initiate label changes quickly, allowing for faster innovation from manufacturers and imposing new pediatric dosing limits based on the most recent science. 

"We want to get the word out that we’re looking for creative ideas about how to improve the process," Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s center for drug evaluation, told WSJ.

The meeting will take place March 25 and 26.

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