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WomenHeart, Colgate Total toothpaste launch Heartwarming Smiles campaign

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON In recognition of American Heart Month, a national coalition for women with heart disease and a toothpaste brand have launched a campaign to help educate women throughout the United States about the impact proper oral care can have on their heart health.

WomenHeart and Colgate Total’s Heartwarming Smiles initiative focus on empowering women by providing the knowledge and tools needed to make positive lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk of heart disease. The campaign’s online resource, www.womenheart.org/ourPartners/heartwarmingsmiles.cfm, is specifically designed to encourage women to engage their physician in discussing their overall health and the simple changes they can make to help reduce the risk of heart disease and improve their oral care.

Recent research shows that poor oral health, specifically severe gum disease, is often associated with the development of cardiovascular disease. There is an increasing need for patients to have open lines of communication with their dentists and physicians. According to a recent survey conducted by Kelton Research, on behalf of Colgate-Palmolive, 53% of people surveyed with primary care physicians reported that their doctors have never discussed oral health during appointments. Similarly, more than a third (35%) of people surveyed stated that despite visiting the dental office, their dentists have never discussed issues beyond dental health in their appointments.

 

To learn more about the Heartwarming Smiles campaign, please visit www.womenheart.org.

 

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Physicians Formula names Berry CFO

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Beauty company Physicians Formula has appointed Jeff Berry as its permanent CFO.

Berry has served as the company’s interim CFO since May 29, 2009. He succeeded Joseph Jaeger, the company’s prior CFO.

“We are delighted that Jeff has agreed to assume the role of CFO. We believe Jeff’s strategic and financial skills, as well as his leadership capabilities, will play a critical role in helping the company achieve its long-term growth and profitability objectives,” stated Ingrid Jackel, chairwoman and CEO. “His contribution as interim CFO, and most notably his leadership in our recent successful refinancing which was designed to provide us with more flexibility to invest in our brand, has been invaluable, and I look forward to working with Jeff as we now focus on seeking to capture the large growth potential of our brand.”

Before serving as interim CFO of Physicians Formula, Berry had been on the company’s board of directors since October 2007 and had served as the chairman of the company’s nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees and as a member of the audit committee. He agreed to resign from the board upon accepting the interim CFO position in order to comply with NASDAQ listing requirements.

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GSK ceases making, distributing zinc-containing denture adhesives

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK GlaxoSmithKline has issued a consumer advisory warning consumers about a potential health risk associated with long-term, excessive use of its zinc-containing denture adhesives Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care. As a precaution, the manufacturer has voluntarily stopped making, distributing and advertising these products.

According to GSK, it has discussed the situation with the Food and Drug Administration and no further action is required.

Polident denture cleanser tablets contain no zinc and are not affected by the announcement.

Recent reports suggest that excessive intake of zinc-containing denture adhesives over several years may result in neurological symptoms, including numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms and legs, difficulty with walking and balance, and blood problems like anemia. These reports are very rare, given that several million people use the products, GSK stated.

Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care are safe to use as directed in the product label, according to GSK. Most consumers follow the directions but some apply more adhesive than directed and use it more than once a day. As a precaution, GSK has decided to stop making, distributing and advertising the products.

If consumers have been using these products for several years in greater amounts than directed on the package or more than once a day, or have concerns about their health, GSK suggests that they stop using the product, talk with their doctor and use a zinc-free alternative such as Super Poligrip Free, Super Poligrip Comfort Seal Strips or Super Poligrip Powder.

Click here to read the full advisory.

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