N.Y. HearUSA centers to offer free hearing screening, diabetes video
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A leader in hearing care is offering patients free hearing-loss screenings, along with a free 80-minute "Living With Diabetes" video, produced by the American Diabetes Association, during the month of March.
HearUSA, one of America’s largest hearing care and hearing aids companies, encourages people with diabetes to visit one of their centers in New York state for a free screening next month, noting a National Institutes of Health landmark study indicated that diabetics are twice as likely to experience hearing loss.
"Based on the findings of the NIH study, 5 million Americans living with diabetes also have hearing loss that, in many cases, remains undetected and untreated," said Cindy Beyer, audiologist and SVP of HearUSA.
Beyer added that some studies have linked untreated hearing loss to fatigue, stress and depression, avoidance of social situations, reduced job performance and earning power, and diminished health.
To locate the New York HearUSA Hearing Care Center nearest you, and to schedule an appointment to receive a free hearing loss screening and the free diabetes video, go to www.hearusa.com or call 1-800-698-6767.
FDA approves Menveo
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Novartis has received Food and Drug Administration approval for a vaccine for meningococcal disease, the Swiss drug maker’s vaccines division announced Monday.
The FDA approved Menveo (meningococcal [groups A, C, Y and W-135] oligosaccharide diphtheria CRM197) to prevent meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria.
The disease infects more than 500,000 people each year, killing as many as 1-in-7 who contract it; it is often fatal within 48 hours. About one-in-five who survive have serious side effects, including limb amputations, learning disabilities, seizures and paralysis.
“The FDA approval of Menveo is an important milestone for adolescent immunization in the United States,” Novartis vaccines division head Andrin Oswald said in a statement. “According to CDC estimates, approximately 16 million adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 are at risk and remain unprotected against meningococcal disease.”
Watson CEO to serve as GPhA chairman
NAPLES, Fla. Watson Pharmaceuticals president and CEO Paul Bisaro will serve as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association’s chairman for 2010-2011, GPhA announced.
Bisaro has led Watson since 2007, after a stint as president and CEO of Barr Labs that began in 1999. He has served on GPhA’s board of directors since 2008, most recently as vice chairman.
“Paul will provide us with a steady hand as GPhA next navigates the often turbulent issues of health reform and the nation’s economic recovery,” GPhA president and CEO Kathleen Jaeger said. “GPhA looks forward to working with him, our board of directors and executive committee in what will be a challenging year.”
The organization also elected Mylan Pharmaceutical president Tony Mauro as vice chairman, New Chemic senior consultant Rosendo Ferran as secretary-treasurer. Nycomed U.S. CEO Paul McGarty, Teva North America president and CEO William Marth, Sandoz president and CEO Christine Mundkur and Zydus Pharmaceuticals president and CEO Joe Renner will serve as at-large members on the board’s executive committee.