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Bausch & Lomb disperses the fog for outdoor sports enthusiasts

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Skiers, snowboarders and other outdoor sports enthusiasts in North America have a new solution to one of the biggest problems they encounter: fogging of goggles and face shields.

Bausch & Lomb recently introduced its FogShield Sport premoistened towelettes that simultaneously prevent fog from forming on goggles for eight hours or more and help keep lenses clean.

“There’s a solution for staying warm, a solution for staying dry, but there haven’t been many solutions for keeping goggles fog-free,” stated John Stewart, general manager vision accessories for Bausch & Lomb. “FogShield Sport provides an easy-to-use, affordable anti-fog system to help prevent fogging that starts working immediately to provide clear vision,” Stewart added. “Packaged in small foil pouches that are about the size of hand-wipes, FogShield Sport sells for about $2 per application.”

FogShield Sport’s proprietary technology originally was formulated to work in the harshest industrial settings, and has been tried, tested and proven on professionals ranging from firefighters to hazmat technicians. The product’s effectiveness in eliminating fog in goggles was previously recognized by the International Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians as the Hazardous Materials Response Product of the Year.

“Since the product has proven extremely effective in anti-fog protection for firefighters and hazmat professionals in industrial environments, we believe it will be effective for skiers, snowboarders, paintballers and scuba divers,” added Stewart.

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Poll shows lack of access to H1N1 vaccine

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON A new national poll from Harvard School of Public Health that researchers released Friday found that a majority of adults who tried to get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves or their children have been unable to do so.

Since the H1N1 flu vaccine became available in October, 17% of American adults, 41% of parents and 21% of high-priority adults have tried to get it. Among adults who tried to get it for themselves, 70% were unable to get it. Among parents who tried to get the H1N1 vaccine for their children, 66% were unable to get it. Among high-priority adults who tried to get the H1N1 vaccine, 66% were unable to get it.

The poll also showed that some people were not able to find information about the location of available H1N1 flu vaccine. Approximately half (49%) who tried to find such information were unable to find it.

“These findings suggest that the nationwide H1N1 vaccine shortage is presenting a real challenge for those who have tried to get the vaccine,” stated Robert Blendon, professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at HSPH, who co-directed the poll.

The poll suggested that nearly a third (29%) of those who have tried and could not get the vaccine (either for themselves or for their children) are very frustrated. That said, most who have tried and not been able to get it yet (91%) say they will try again this year to get the vaccine for themselves, their children or both.

“Public health officials who are encouraging H1N1 vaccination may be relieved to see that most people who have so far been unable to get the vaccine say they will try again,” said Blendon.

The poll, which examined the American public’s response to the H1N1 vaccine shortage, is the fifth in a series of surveys of public views concerning the H1N1 flu outbreak undertaken by the Harvard Opinion Research Program at HSPH. The polling was done Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

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McNeil announces voluntary recall of Tylenol product

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. In consultation with the Food and Drug Administration, McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Friday initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of product lots of Tylenol arthritis pain caplet 100-count bottles, with the distinctive red Ez-Open cap.

McNeil is initiating the recall after identifying an uncharacteristic smell or taste associated with these lots that led to a small number of consumers reporting nausea and related symptoms. This recall includes five product lots only and does not include any other lots of Tylenol analgesics. McNeil is implementing this recall as a precaution.

The affected Tylenol arthritis pain caplet 100-count product lot numbers can be found on the side of the bottle label. The affected product lot numbers are: 08BMC013, 08BMC020, 09BMC034, 09CMC036 and 09CMC040.

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