Walgreens stocks Identigene home paternity testing kits
SALT LAKE CITY Identigene on Monday announced Walgreens has begun over-the-counter retail sales of the Identigene DNA Paternity Test Kit. Walgreens is also offering the DNA paternity test kits through its Web site, Walgreens.com.
According to the company, more than 60,000 test kits have been purchased at drug store outlets like CVS or Rite Aid in the past year. Rite Aid was the first to stock the kit November 2007. “People with paternity questions responded immediately to purchasing the test kits at their local drug store,” stated Identigene chief operating officer Doug Fogg. “It is a convenient and familiar place for people to buy products they can trust.”
McNeil rebrands Advanced Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief
FOR WASHINGTON, Pa. McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Thursday rebranded its Imodium Advanced Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief to better position the brand as the fastest anti-diarrheal medicine that also relieves symptoms of gas, cramps, bloating and pressure.
Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief combines loperamide hydrochloride with simethicone for relief of diarrhea, as well as the gas, cramps, bloating and pressure that nearly 65 percent of diarrhea sufferers can also experience. Loperamide HCl works in the small and large intestines by slowing the increased motility and reducing the increased secretion of fluid and electrolytes that occur with diarrhea. Simethicone acts in the stomach and intestines by altering the surface tension of gas and mucus bubbles, enabling them to group together. This action accelerates the passage of gas through the intestine.
Acute diarrhea is the second most commonly reported illness in the United States after respiratory infections. Diarrhea affects people of all ages, with the average adult suffering four bouts of acute diarrhea per year, and 22 million people reporting experiencing diarrhea at least once a month. Acute diarrhea also affects the travel plans of up to 10 million travelers each year.
Common causes of acute diarrhea include many medications, food intolerance, excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption and premenstrual syndrome.
FDA issues warning on Ayurvedic medicines: some potentially harmful
ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned consumers to use caution when deciding to use Ayurvedic medicines. Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional system of healing arts that originated in India that involves using products such as spices, herbs, vitamins, proteins, minerals and metals.
According to FDA, some preparations combine herbs with minerals and metals and are commonly sold on the Internet or in stores represented as Indian or South Asian alternatives.
“Consumers should know that Ayurvedic products are generally not reviewed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration,” Mike Levy, director of the Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance in the Office of Compliance, part of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said. “Consumers need to be on guard when purchasing any product using the Internet, especially medical products.”
The presence of metals in some Ayurvedic products makes them potentially harmful, the FDA noted. A study published in the Aug. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated that one-fifth of U.S.-manufactured and Indian-manufactured Ayurvedic products bought on the Internet contained detectable lead, mercury or arsenic.
Researchers found 25 Web sites selling Ayurvedic products. After identifying 673 products, they randomly selected 230 for purchase. Of those, they received and analyzed 193 products. Nearly 21 percent were found to contain detectable levels of lead, mercury or arsenic, the agency reported.
“This issue has been and will continue to be a priority for FDA,” Levy said. In light of recent reports, FDA is re-evaluating its existing import alert and considering possible enforcement actions related to Ayurvedic products manufactured in the United States.