Piggy Paste toenail product gains traction in Illinois
GALESBURG, Ill. — Local doctor Paul Kinsinger is gaining traction for his Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste product, a cream to improve toenail appearance, according to an article published Monday by the Register-Mail.
Through a sort of heard-it-through-the-grapevine distribution effort, Kinsinger first gained placement at independent grocer Lindy’s Downtown Market in Washington, Ill. Kinsinger then added several local Walgreens in the Peoria, Ill., area after a local newspaper covered the product. Citing an independent survey, Kinsinger claims that 85% of Piggy Paste customers also buy a pack of bandages with each purchase.
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Botanical Labs targets bariatric patients with supplement line
FERNDALE, Wash. — Botanical Labs on Monday launched a bariatric-focused line of liquid dietary supplements called Wellesse Bariatric Liquid Solutions.
According to the company, bariatric surgical treatment is one of the faster growing options to assist with weight loss. Weight-loss surgery patients have special pre- and post-surgery nutritional requirements. Wellesse targets specific nutrient deficiencies within the weight loss surgery community with the same dedication offered to existing consumers.
"Supplements are important post-bariatric surgery to ensure people are meeting their daily needs," stated Michelle Tegenkamp of Oregon Health Sciences University. "Wellesse supplements, in their liquid form, are easy to take and provide many important micronutrients."
The Wellesse Bariatric Liquid Solutions line of products targets the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies specific to bariatric patients, such as vitamin A, B-12 and B-complex, iron, calcium and vitamin D.
CDC: Elderly patients at risk of emergency hospitalizations from blood thinners, diabetes medications
ATLANTA — Many elderly patients put themselves at risk for emergency hospitalization due to adverse drug events, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations were reported among U.S. adults ages 65 years and older, according to data collected between 2007 and 2009 from a nationally representative sample of 58 hospitals participating in the CDC′s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance project. The study also found that four medications, used alone or together, accounted for two-thirds of the emergency hospitalizations: wafarin (used to prevent blood clots), insulin, antiplatelet drugs and diabetes drugs called oral hypoglycemic agents.
The study also found that 48.1% of the hospitalizations occurred among adults ages 80 years or older, and 65.7% of the hospitalizations were due to overdoses, or "to situations in which patients may have taken the prescribed amount of medication but the drug had more than the intended effect on the patient′s body," the CDC said.
“These data suggest that focusing safety initiatives on a few medicines that commonly cause serious, measurable harms can improve care for many older Americans,” CDC′s Medication Safety Program director Dan Budnitz said. “Blood thinners and diabetes medicines often require blood testing and dosing changes, but these are critical medicines for older adults with certain medical conditions. Doctors and patients should continue to use these medications but remember to work together to safely manage them.”