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Drive DeVilbiss scores favor among sports fans with new cane tips

BY Michael Johnsen

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare on Friday announced the addition of the new Sports Ball Cane Tips to its canes and crutches line to help personalize its durable medical equipment mobility line to sports fans.

Featuring soccer, tennis, golf and basketball designs, the sport-themed cane tips fit most .75-in. diameter canes and allow the cane to stand on its own. The cane tips are designed to replace lost or worn out cane tips without the use of tools and provide a strong grip while protecting floor surfaces from cane damage.

Headquartered in Port Washington, N.Y., Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare manufactures a complete line of medical products, including mobility products, sleep and respiratory products, beds, bariatric products, wheelchairs, sleep surfaces and pressure prevention products, self-assist products, power operated wheelchairs, rehabilitation products, resident room equipment, personal care products and electrotherapy devices.

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Incontinence consumers get better fit with new Depend sizing

BY Michael Johnsen

Kimberly-Clark’s Depend incontinence brand on Monday released a new sizing for both men and women’s Depend Fit-Flex Underwear to ensure a better fit. A new study from Depend brand found that nearly 1-in-4 Americans living with bladder leakage withdrew from the people and things they love due to discomfort and anxiety.

“We are always looking to help those who experience bladder leakage find a solution to help manage the condition,” Jennifer Nobui, senior brand manager for Depend, said. “We are committed to breaking category stigmas and providing products that allow our consumers to live the same lives they lived before bladder leakage. That’s why we created new sizing to better fit our consumers’ needs and to allow them to reconnect with the people and things they love.”

Depend Fit-Flex is now available in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large for women and sizes small/medium, large and extra-large for men. With more sizes than before, Depend Fit-Flex Underwear provides a better fit for all body shapes and sizes, including an improved waistband to keep the brief in place and new tailored tension for comfort.

“As a licensed psychotherapist, I know that being comfortable both inside and out is essential to living a healthy lifestyle, no matter your age,” Robi Ludwig, Depend brand spokesperson, said. “The new Depend Fit-Flex sizes offer individuals experiencing incontinence a way to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin, which is essential to living your best life at any age.”

 

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Colorado becomes 16th state to mandate DXM age restriction

BY Michael Johnsen

Colorado on Friday became the 16th state to place an age restriction on the purchase of the OTC cough suppressant dextromethorphan.

Restricting the sale of DXM-containing products to adults over the age of 18 is supported by industry, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, in an effort to reduce teenage abuse of the cold remedies. “Colorado [joins] states across the country in recognizing that limiting teen access to DXM is a proven way to prevent abuse,” Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO, said. “State lawmakers are crucial allies in prevention efforts and we thank Colorado State lawmakers – Sens. Bob Gardner (R, El Paso) and John Cooke (R, Weld) as well as Reps. Jonathan Singer (D, Boulder) and Pete Lee (D, El Paso) – for their commitment to this issue.”

While millions of Americans use products containing DXM to safely treat their symptoms, according to the 2017 National Institute on Drug Abuse annual Monitoring the Future survey, one in 30 teens abuses OTC cough medicine containing DXM to get high, CHPA reported.

In 2012, California became the first state to prohibit sales of DXM-containing products to minors. Since then, governors from Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Wisconsin have all signed similar laws.

“CHPA has long supported state efforts to limit teen access to DXM and has worked to increase parental and community awareness of OTC cough medicine abuse through our Stop Medicine Abuse campaign,” Melville said. “We are confident that this new law will help raise awareness about the issue with parents, while ensuring access for the millions of families who responsibly use products containing DXM to treat common cough symptoms.”

As part of the Stop Medicine Abuse campaign, CHPA launched a retailer education initiative in 2017, providing educational materials to retailers in states with age-restriction laws to improve retail employees’ understanding of the new law and how to enforce it.

 

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