Pharmacists, dentists raise awareness of medication-related dry mouth
CHICAGO — A lot of prescription and OTC medications carry the side effect of dry mouth, and while it usually is a mere nuisance that quickly passes, its severe forms can increase the risk of mouth sores, infections and tooth decay, especially among elderly patients.
Because of this, dentists and pharmacists are looking to raise awareness of medication-induced dry mouth, known by health professionals as xerostomia, in a campaign that brings together the American Pharmacists Association, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Periodontology.
"Each day, a healthy adult normally produces around one-and-a-half liters of saliva, making it easier to talk, swallow, taste, digest food and perform other important functions that often go unnoticed," Academy of General Dentistry president Fares Elias said. "Those not producing adequate saliva may experience some common symptoms of dry mouth."
GSK, XenoPort file sNDA for Horizant
LONDON — Drug makers GlaxoSmithKline and XenoPort are seeking expanded approval for their restless legs syndrome treatment.
The drug makers this week announced the submission of a supplemental new drug application to the Food and Drug Administration, requesting approval for Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil) extended-release tablets as a treatment for postherpetic neuralgia, a nerve pain that commonly is seen in patients with shingles. GSK submitted the sNDA on behalf of the two companies.
Horizant initially received regulatory approval from the FDA in April as a treatment for moderate to severe primary RLS.
ShopRunner survey finds parents head to multiple places for BTS shopping
NEW YORK — A new survey conducted by online shopping service ShopRunner found that many parents will head to multiple stores to purchase back-to-school items for their kids.
Among the parents surveyed, nearly half (49%) said their biggest challenge is not finding everything their child needs at one store while back-to-school shopping. Because of this, more than two-thirds (61%) said they plan to visit three to four stores to fulfill their back-to-school shopping needs, while spending anywhere between five to 10 hours shopping (45%). When it comes to buying items for their kids online, however, nearly 75% of parents said they would prefer to do all of their shopping online but cited shipping costs as the No. 1 reason they forgo this option.
ShopRunner also noted that 48% of respondents said they will spend more money this year than in 2010, with 46% saying that they will spend $200 per child.