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OTC Product News


In this section we showcase products and product news that ran up against space limitations or fell outside the parameters of recently featured categories in the print edition. Look for more OTC Product News in upcoming issues of the Drug Topics e-newsletter.

Photo courtesy of Colgate
• Colgate Optic White. Colgate has introduced a new Optic White toothbrush and toothpaste, featuring hydrogen peroxide (the same whitening ingredient as strips but with a gentler concentration). A 4-week clinical study found that Optic White safely whitens teeth from the inside out in 1 week, subsequently improving each week with daily use. The enamel-safe abrasive silica technology whitens by removing surface stains on teeth with each brushing. (http://www.colgate.com)

 

Photo courtesy of Spenco Medical
• Spenco Flow Warm Insole. Spenco Medical has extended their PolySorb line with the PolySorb Flow Warm Insole, which blends comfort and support with foot-warming properties  against cold weather, without overheating the foot. The insole uses an ultra-thin foil layer to initially capture natural body heat, then implements temperature phase change material from Outlast Technologies Inc. to absorb, store, and release heat as needed. While the foot is in motion, air channels within the insole compress and expand to create heat circulation between the insole and the shoe. This air movement helps normalize the distribution of warm air, eliminating hot and cold spots and regulating heat retention. Additionally, Spenco’s base material provides added insulation and cushioning for long-lasting foot comfort and is treated with Aegis Antimicrobial to reduce bacteria and odor. The insoles are available in both men’s and women’s sizes. (http://spenco.com)

 

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of Blistex
• Blistex Revive & Restore. Blistex has launched Revive & Restore, a dual solution that takes lips from dull and tired to healthy and refreshed. The Revive formula contains the natural benefits of shea butter and fruit extracts to leave lips smooth and invigorated. It also provides dermatologist recommended SPF 15 for superb protection from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. The Restore formula leverages the antioxidant power of phytonutrients and vitamin E. Designed to be used jointly or independently, the 2 formulas come in separate nesting jars that lock together. (http://www.Blistex.com)

 

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Carex Health Brands
• Carex Dual Hot & Cold 2-in-1 Pack. Carex Health Brands has introduced the Dual Hot & Cold 2-in-1 Pack. With 2 inserts – a gel pack for the freezer and a microwave heat pack – the pack addresses a wide variety of ailments, from joint stiffness and muscle strains to headaches. This pack features an extra-long elastic strap to comfortably secure the wrap in various positions – knee, wrist, elbow, arm, and thigh – for complete mobility. A safe, natural alternative to prescription drugs, it will not interfere with medications and can be used alone or with physical therapy. (http://www.carex.com)

 

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Cap-N-Lock, LLC
• The Locking Cap. Developed by Cap-N-Lock, LLC, The Locking Cap is a combination-locking cap designed to work with existing prescription medication bottles. The cap was designed to help families prevent unauthorized and undetected use of prescription medications for non-medical purposes. It protects families by blocking access to curious children and experimental teens. Plus, it features a compact design that allows for easy access and storage when traveling and at home. With a 4-digit combination locking mechanism and sturdy PVC construction, it is easy to use, but virtually impossible to get past without detection. (http://www.TheLockingCap.com)

 

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of Organix-South
• TheraVeda Immune Support. Organix-South has introduced TheraVeda Immune Support, an herbal blend of immune protective herbs, such as turmeric, neem and ginger, to support overall strength and stamina. A balanced fusion of warming and cooling herbs that have been used for thousands of years to fortify and protect the body, Immune Support is like an herbal multi-vitamin with herbs that have been traditionally used to fortify and protect overall well-being and address the occasional seasonal imbalance. The formula is both fast-acting and cost-effective. (http://www.organixsouth.com)

Merck has announced in a prepared statement that its contraceptive implant (Nexplanon) is now available in the United States.

The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and PrescribeWellness, a healthcare digital communication solutions provider, are partnering on the “One Million More” flu shot campaign to increase the yearly influenza vaccination rate.

Consultation with non-specialist pharmacists did not improve rates of hospitalization or death for patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (heart failure), according to the results of a large-scale, long-term prospective randomized trial conducted by the National Health Service and reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

About 11% of U.S. adult cell phone users downloaded an application (or app) that “helped them track or manage their health” in August 2011, according to a survey by Pew Research Centers’ Internet & American Life Project.

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Janssen Pharmaceuticals), an oral anticoagulant that directly inhibits factor Xa, reduced the risk of death, myocardial infarction, and stroke in patients with acute coronary syndrome, according to a report presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011, Orlando, Fla.