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OCuSOFT relaunches Tears Again advanced Liposome Spray

BY Michael Johnsen

RICHMOND, Texas — OCuSOFT, Inc., a leading maker of remedies for the treatment of ocular surface disease, has relaunched Tears Again advanced Liposome Spray, a unique eyelid spray for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction sufferers. Used in conjunction with OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Eyelid Cleanser, the new eyelid spray is ideal to promote good eyelid hygiene and healthy eyes and to help provide relief from eyelid irritation throughout the day, according to the company.

Tears Again advanced Liposome Spray is a cool, refreshing spray that is applied directly to the eyelids, with the eyes closed. Formulated with liposomes for enhanced absorption, Tears Again advanced Liposome Spray lubricates and protects the eyes against moisture loss. Liposomes are microscopic molecules that have been used for years in cosmetic and drug delivery. According to a report published in the journal Contact Lens Spectrum, liposomes sprayed on a clean, closed eyelid migrate from eyelashes and the edges of the eyelid onto the tear film. Studies have found that this is a comfortable and effective method for increasing lipid layer thickness and tear film stability.

In addition to relieving symptoms of dry eye, Tears Again advanced Liposome Spray, which is fortified with vital nutrients and antioxidants, including vitamins A, C and E, also helps relieve computer vision syndrome and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

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FDA issues warning over Man Up Now capsules

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned consumers not to use Man Up Now capsules, which are marketed as a dietary supplement for sexual enhancement, because they contain a variation of an active drug ingredient found in Viagra that can dangerously lower blood pressure.

The FDA has found many products marketed as dietary supplements for sexual enhancement during the past several years that can be harmful because they contain active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs or variations of these ingredients. Even though they are marketed as supplements, the inclusion of any prescription medicines would redefine these products as adulterated drugs. The FDA analyzed Man Up Now and determined that it contains sulfoaildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.

Man Up Now, distributed by Synergy Distribution, is sold on Internet sites, online marketplaces, and possibly in retail outlets in single, double and triple blister packs, and in 6-, 12- and 30-count capsule bottles, the FDA reported.

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NACDS offers FSA resources to members

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Friday released a ready-made pamphlet and sign for its retail members to use in communicating upcoming flexible spending account changes as they relate to over-the-counter medicines.

“As part of the healthcare-reform law, beginning Jan. 1, 2011, consumers will only be eligible for flexible spending account reimbursement for over-the-counter medication purchases obtained with a prescription,” the association stated. “This change will have a real and dramatic impact on companies and consumers as more than 15,000 products will be impacted. NACDS has been working to repeal or delay certain provisions of the OTC regulations to provide more time for chain companies to update their systems to better serve customers.”

To access the new member resources, go to NACDS.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=7016.

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