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Skinvisible sanitizer tests well against MRSA and E. coli

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced the successful completion of two new studies undertaken for DermSafe, a nonalcohol hand sanitizer made with 4% chlorhexidine gluconate. The studies demonstrate the sustained effectiveness of up to four hours, the company said.

The studies, conducted by Bioscience Labs, found that DermSafe tested at one hour, two hours and four hours dramatically reduced MRSA with a kill of 93.39% at four hours. The findings of the second study verified DermSafe’s potent and increasing activity against E. coli at both two hours and four hours with a 99.38% reduction at four hours.

"We believe these new studies will benefit our licensees in both Canada and Europe in facilitating the marketing of DermSafe not only to the general public but for commercial use in hospitals, schools, law enforcement and the military," Skinvisible president and CEO Terry Howlett said.

DermSafe currently is available from Alto Pharmaceuticals in Canada and is seeking additional licensees in select territories for commercial and/or retail markets, the company said.


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Target supports Colorado wildfire relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is assisting Colorado wildfire relief efforts with a $30,000 donation, the retailer said.

Target said a $17,500 cash donation was distributed among several American Red Cross chapters in Colorado, in addition to $5,000 in product donations for essentials such as water and food. A separate donation of $7,500 in gift cards was given to other nonprofit organizations in the affected areas.

This year, Target has given $500,000 to the American Red Cross as part of the nonprofit’s annual disaster giving program.

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Botanical Labs launches gluten-free protein liquid supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

FERNDALE, Wash. — Botanical Labs on Wednesday launched its certified gluten-free Protein Complete liquid dietary supplement that is fortified with 10 g of protein per 1-oz. serving.

Wellesse Protein Complete and the entire Wellesse line of supplements target:

  • Consumers requiring rapid absorption and ease of dosing in liquid nutritional sources during critical recovery and ongoing malabsorption maintenance, following bariatric surgery and other medical procedures;

  • Consumers seeking the added variety of a liquid in their nutritional supplementation regimen to help maintain daily compliance;

  • Dietitians and clinicians seeking high-quality alternative forms of supplemental nutrition to increase patient compliance with affordable and convenient supplementation; and

  • Individuals undergoing hemodialysis due to chronic kidney disease (stages two through 4) that require more protein intake than normal, according to the American Association of Kidney Patients, due to loss of protein during treatment.

Botanical Labs noted that weight-loss surgery patients, individuals undergoing hemodialysis and stages 2 through 4 chronic kidney disease and other conditions causing protein deficiency require increased daily protein intake. The fast-absorbing 100% hydrolyzed collagen protein used in Wellesse Protein Complete, allows for more rapid absorption of all key amino acids and provides a quality source of protein supplementation.


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