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3M completes acquisition of Futuro health hosiery line

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. PAUL, Minn. 3M on Tuesday announced that it has completed its acquisition of the Futuro health supports and compression hosiery product line from Beiersdorf.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition marries two venerable brands in the first aid/sports support products space. Futuro’s complete line of therapeutic and sport supports—wraps, braces and elastic bandages—provide compression support and heat retention as well as stability to relieve symptoms associated with minor sprains, strains, arthritis and muscle pain.

Futuro’s compression hosiery products include therapeutic and anti-embolism stockings. Futuro health supports and Futuro compression hosiery products are sold through consumer channels, including drug stores, mass merchandisers and grocers in North America, and pharmacies internationally.

And 3M already has a number of high-performance products under its Nexcare brand to help people heal—from braces for the knee, wrist, ankle and back, to products for after surgery care, skin care and athletic wraps under its broad line of Nexcare branded bandage and first aid products.

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Female Health announces approvals for marketing its second-generation female condom

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO The Female Health Company on Friday announced that the Food and Drug Administration’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Advisory Committee unanimously voted that the company’s second-generation female condom, the FC2 Female Condom, is approvable for sale over-the-counter provided that the FC2 Female Condom’s instructions for use continue to follow use instructions for the FC Female Condom and identify the study that was performed to establish the comparable safety and effectiveness of FC2 with FC1.

“We are very pleased with today’s outcome and look forward to working with the FDA as it continues to review our application for the FC2 Female Condom,” said Mary Ann Leeper, FHC’s Senior Strategic Advisor. “We believe that FHC’s second-generation female condom can strengthen the fight against AIDS by expanding affordable access to a woman-initiated HIV prevention method.”

The FC2 Female Condom, which looks very similar to the FC1 Female Condom, was developed to expand access to women at risk of HIV and STIs by lowering the cost of the product through the introduction of a more efficient manufacturing process.

The company’s first-generation FC1 Female Condom received FDA approval for distribution in the United States in 1993.

The FDA is not bound by the committee’s recommendation, but it takes its advice into consideration when reviewing obstetric and gynecologic devices.

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Survey shows significant number of adults in their 60s use alternative medicines

BY Michael Johnsen

BETHESDA, Md. According to a new nationwide government survey, 41 percent of adults in the United States between the ages of 60 and 69 use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, including dietary supplements, the National Institutes of Health noted Friday.

In an effort to help seniors in that age group identify appropriate remedies, NIH has added a Complementary and Alernative Medicine tab to its NIHSeniorHealth Web site, a site designed specifically for older adults.

“CAM covers a wide range of therapies and practices not currently considered part of conventional medicine,” said Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the NIH, which developed the topic. “Thus, it’s important to be well informed if you are considering using any. … It’s also important to inform your health care provider about any CAM therapies you may use.”

Older adults who go to http://nihseniorhealth.gov/cam/toc.html will find easy-to-understand information on the basics of CAM , as well as useful tips on how to be an informed consumer, choose a CAM practitioner and talk candidly with their doctor about CAM use.

According to the NIH, 68 percent of online seniors look for health and medical information when they go on the Web.

NIHSeniorHealth is a joint effort between the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine. The site is based on the latest research on cognition and aging. It features short, easy-to-read segments of information that can be accessed in a number of formats, including various large-print type sizes, open-captioned videos, and an audio version. Additional topics coming soon to the site include dry eye and substance abuse among older adults.

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