Savient gout drug shows improvements, according to study
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Patients with gout taking a drug made by Savient Pharmaceuticals experienced "significant" improvements, according to results of two late-stage clinical trials published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Savient said results of phase-3, placebo-controlled trials of Krystexxa (pegloticase) showed that the drug produced significant and sustained reductions in uric acid levels in 42% patients with refractory chronic gout and clinical improvements in a substantial proportion of patients for six months. In addition, 40% of patients received complete resolution of one or more tophi, crystalline urate deposits in the joints, skin and cartilage, compared with 7% of those taking placebo.
The trials were conducted on 212 patients in the United States, Canada and Mexico between June 2006 and October 2007 who had severe gout, allopurinol intolerance or refractoriness, and serum uric acid concentration of 8 mg per deciliter or more. Patients received 12 two-week intravenous infusions with either 8 mg of Krystexxa every two weeks, Krystexxa alternating with placebo or placebo alone.
Innovative Beauty unveils Pixel nail color collection
NEW YORK — Innovative Beauty has unleashed “a little color” in the nail segment with its new Pixel brand of high-shine nail lacquer that hit Ulta stores in early July.
Packaged in mini bottles, the new Pixel brand is aptly named after the single point in a graphic image.
In an effort to bring even greater flexibility and accessibility to nail enamel and to appeal to a wide range of beauty mavens regardless of age, geographic location or season, the collection is comprised of 72 different shades priced at $2.49 each.
Pixel launched chainwide at Ulta during the first week of July, and now Innovative Beauty is looking to expand distribution.
Winn-Dixie announces flu shot availability
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores on Wednesday announced that flu vaccinations are now available in all Winn-Dixie in-store pharmacies to help prepare guests for the upcoming flu season. Guests will receive the flu vaccine for the discounted rate of $24.99 when purchased using their Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card.
“With the flu season approaching, our skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists are now able to offer guests quick and easy options to receive the flu vaccine while grocery shopping — either on-the-go or by appointment," stated John Fegan, VP pharmacy for Winn-Dixie.
Winn-Dixie pharmacies will offer a regular flu shot approved for people ages 6 months and older and a high-dose flu shot approved for people 65 years and older.