New Extenze product on display at ECRM conference
SAN ANTONIO — Biotab Nutraceuticals last week showcased an Extenze line extension — an energy-shot delivery format — at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet and Sports Nutrition conference here.
The cherry-flavored shot retails for approximately $5.99 as a two-pack SKU.
Survey: Patients oppose PSE prescription mandate
WASHINGTON — As many as 71% of cough-cold sufferers in search of decongestant relief oppose a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine, according to a survey commissioned by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America released Monday.
"Taking away patient freedom by requiring prescriptions for important over-the-counter medications is not a solution to the meth problem," stated Mike Tringale, VP external affairs at AAFA. "Based on our recent survey of allergy, asthma, cold-cough and flu patients, we recognize that timely access to these medicines is critical for people."
According to the findings in AAFA’s survey, two-thirds of respondents would support a law for nationwide electronic tracking of medication purchases and 64% would prefer an e-tracking law, rather than requiring a doctor’s prescription, to track and block sales of PSE that go over the legal limit.
When faced with the choice, 63% of asthma, allergy, cold, cough and flu sufferers said they agreed that the implementation of e-tracking would be the most effective way of preventing medication sales for illegal uses without penalizing those who truly need them. Only 18% indicated their belief that a doctor’s prescription would be the most effective control mechanism. The chief reasons patients in the survey preferred e-tracking include:
It is more effective and less burdensome than requiring prescriptions (66% support);
It doesn’t infringe on law-abiding citizens who want easy and immediate access to the OTC meds they need (49% opposed a prescription requirement for this reason);
E-tracking builds on the existing framework and law enforcement in states and regions (65% support);
It can be updated in real time (59% support); and
Health records remain private and protected (65% support).
The survey of 2,006 consumers who purchased nonprescription medicines for their condition was conducted by Harris Interactive and supported by a grant from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
The survey report is available online at AAFA.org/pse.
Study: TheraTears Nutrition improves eye health
WOBURN, Mass. — Advanced Vision Research on Monday announced results from a pilot trial published in the journal Cornea that demonstrated a reduction in dry-eye symptoms and an increase in tear volume and tear flow for those patients taking TheraTears Nutrition, an optimized blend of omega-3 oils.
Almost 3-in-4 symptomatic dry-eye patients who received the omega-3 supplement reported having no symptoms of dry eye after 90 days. In the placebo group, only 7% had a complete reduction of symptoms.
The study also found that supplementation with TheraTears Nutrition, when compared with the placebo, resulted in 0.10 microliters/min. higher tear flow and 0.94 microliters higher tear volume, two objective parameters that are key to the improvement of disease in patients with dry eye.