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pNeo launches new ear care device that helps prevent hearing loss

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Retailers can expect to slot a new over-the-counter category soon with the recent passing of the OTC Hearing Aid Act in Congress. Approaching the issue of hearing loss from a different perspective is pNeo, which is introducing its Clear Ear Oto-Tip, an ear wax removal tool.

According to the company, hearing loss can often be worsened or even caused by ear wax build up in the ear canal. This is called conductive hearing loss and is one of the major types of hearing loss. When ears fail to clean themselves normally, which happens more often in aging populations, ear wax can build up and prevent certain sounds from reaching the inner ear, making everything muffled and difficult to hear.

Removing this ear wax can help improve hearing among elderly populations. Clear Ear’s Oto-Tip was specifically created for safe and easy daily ear cleaning. The patented spiral spin technology was created out of Stanford University’s BioDesign program, with specially designed tips made of smooth, soft silicone to protect the inner ear while the tip spins, gently and effectively removing ear wax.

Oto-Tip is ideal for keeping ears clear of ear wax, preventing potential hearing loss caused by wax build-ups and keeping ears healthy, the company stated.
 

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CDC reports increase in use of condoms

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — Condom use is up among men, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the National Health Statistics Reports.

During 2011–2015, 23.8% of women and 33.7% of men aged 15–44 used a condom at their last opportunity in the previous 12 months, an increase for men since 2002 (29.5%). The usage rate for women had not changed.

Among condom users, 59.9% of women and 56.4% of men aged 15–44 used only a condom and no other method during their last intercourse in the past 12 months; another 25% of women and 33.2% of men used condoms plus hormonal methods; and 15.1% of women and 10.5% of men used condoms plus nonhormonal methods.
 

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KC Pharmaceuticals names store brand veteran to helm expansion drive

BY Michael Johnsen

POMONA, Calif. — KC Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday named Jim Medford to the role of president and CEO.

With extensive industry leadership experience in the private label arena, Medford will direct the company's over-the-counter own brand eye care products.

In addition to naming Medford to the helm, KC Pharmaceuticals authorized $8 million in capital investments to better position the company for a "major growth expansion."

The company plans to add a state-of-the-art aseptic manufacturing line and a sterile manufacuring suite. The investment will also be used to fund additional warehouse space.

Medford founded Aaron Industries, a private label manufacturer of liquid cough/cold remedies, stomach remedies and first aid products.

Aaron industries was sold to PL Development in 2013.

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