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GSK ceases making, distributing zinc-containing denture adhesives

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK GlaxoSmithKline has issued a consumer advisory warning consumers about a potential health risk associated with long-term, excessive use of its zinc-containing denture adhesives Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care. As a precaution, the manufacturer has voluntarily stopped making, distributing and advertising these products.

According to GSK, it has discussed the situation with the Food and Drug Administration and no further action is required.

Polident denture cleanser tablets contain no zinc and are not affected by the announcement.

Recent reports suggest that excessive intake of zinc-containing denture adhesives over several years may result in neurological symptoms, including numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, difficulty with walking and balance, and blood problems like anemia. These reports are very rare, given that several million people use the products, GSK stated.

Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care are safe to use as directed in the product label, according to GSK. Most consumers follow the directions but some apply more adhesive than directed and use it more than once a day. As a precaution, GSK has decided to stop making, distributing and advertising the products.

If consumers have been using these products for several years in greater amounts than directed on the package or more than once a day, or have concerns about their health, GSK suggests that they stop using the product, talk with their doctor and use a zinc-free alternative such as Super Poligrip Free, Super Poligrip Comfort Seal Strips or Super Poligrip Powder.

Click here to read the full advisory.

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Cetaphil rolls out press tube pump for UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT WORTH, Texas Cetaphil, a skin care brand by Galderma Laboratories, has developed a press tube pump for its new UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50.

Available in March, the new Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50 is specifically formulated for the face and promises to nourish and hydrate skin for eight hours. The press pump makes application easy and mess-free.

The lightweight, non-greasy formula is ideal for people with acne, rosacea, melasma and other skin-related conditions where a hydrating formula with SPF protection is recommended. The average price is $13.99.

 

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Report: P&G’s Olay Professional Pro-X is clinically proven to improve appearance of wrinkles

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble’s Olay Professional Pro-X regimen, which launched in early 2009, clinically improves the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, as well as the leading prescription wrinkle regimen, 0.02% tretinoin, according to the results of a clinical trial published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

“We believe this is the first of its kind clinical study comparing a cosmetic anti-aging regimen against a recognized prescription topical treatment for improving the appearance of facial wrinkling,” stated Joe Kaczvinsky, PhD, principal scientist at P&G Beauty & Grooming and a lead author of the study. “Having this study published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal is a testament to the significance of these findings.”

The study involved 196 women and showed that more than half of the subjects using Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Wrinkle Protocol were judged to look better for visible wrinkle reduction compared with subjects using the 0.02% tretinoin regimen after eight weeks of treatment. Furthermore, the Olay Professional Pro-X regimen reduced visible facial wrinkle size by 17%, compared with 11% by 0.02% tretinoin regimen after eight weeks of treatment.

Some clinical trial participants continued to use their respective regimens for a total of 24 weeks. Both groups continued to improve, showing a more than 20% reduction, on average, in fine lines and wrinkles.

“The expansion of Olay into the professional skin care segment with the launch of Olay Professional Pro-X demonstrates P&G Beauty & Grooming’s ongoing commitment to cutting-edge scientific innovations that meet the evolving needs of women,” stated Gina Drosos, president of Global Beauty & Grooming for P&G. “We are excited about taking our latest advancement in skin care to more parts of the work with the recent launch in China and Australia coming in March 2010.”

In February 2009, P&G brought professional anti-aging skin care to the mass market with the launch of its new Olay Professional Pro-X line.

The line is inspired by genomics research and tools that show the importance of a healthy stratum corneum to the well being of the inner skin. P&G Beauty scientists have identified a combination of cosmetic ingredients and formulated them into cosmetic moisturizers that promise to protect and strengthen the stratum corneum in aged skin.

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