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Mylan launches thiamine-deficiency drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PITTSBURGH — Mylan has launched a generic drug for treating thiamine deficiency, the company said Thursday.

The generic drug maker announced the launch of thiamine hydrochloride injection in the 100-mg-per-mL strength, packaged in 25-vial packs of 200-mg-per-2-mL multiple-dose vials.

The drug had sales of about $18.6 million during the 12-month period ended in March, according to IMS Health. Mylan said it would ship the drug immediately.


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Skinvisible sanitizer tests well against MRSA and E. coli

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced the successful completion of two new studies undertaken for DermSafe, a nonalcohol hand sanitizer made with 4% chlorhexidine gluconate. The studies demonstrate the sustained effectiveness of up to four hours, the company said.

The studies, conducted by Bioscience Labs, found that DermSafe tested at one hour, two hours and four hours dramatically reduced MRSA with a kill of 93.39% at four hours. The findings of the second study verified DermSafe’s potent and increasing activity against E. coli at both two hours and four hours with a 99.38% reduction at four hours.

"We believe these new studies will benefit our licensees in both Canada and Europe in facilitating the marketing of DermSafe not only to the general public but for commercial use in hospitals, schools, law enforcement and the military," Skinvisible president and CEO Terry Howlett said.

DermSafe currently is available from Alto Pharmaceuticals in Canada and is seeking additional licensees in select territories for commercial and/or retail markets, the company said.


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Target supports Colorado wildfire relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is assisting Colorado wildfire relief efforts with a $30,000 donation, the retailer said.

Target said a $17,500 cash donation was distributed among several American Red Cross chapters in Colorado, in addition to $5,000 in product donations for essentials such as water and food. A separate donation of $7,500 in gift cards was given to other nonprofit organizations in the affected areas.

This year, Target has given $500,000 to the American Red Cross as part of the nonprofit’s annual disaster giving program.

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