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Boo-boos be gone with Smith & Nephew’s No-Sting Skin-Prep spray

BY Allison Cerra

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Smith & Nephew has created a liquid film-forming dressing that dries in less than 30 seconds.

The company’s alcohol-free No-Sting Skin-Prep spray has a four-day wear time and leaves a clear, waterproof, breathable and conformable barrier that allows for visual assessment of the periwound area.

 

"Our new No-Sting Skin-Prep spray enhances patient comfort because it is conformable, protects the skin from incontinence and friction, and won’t irritate damaged skin," said Tom Dugan, president of the North American wound management divsion at Smith & Nephew. "For the caregiver, the fast-drying spray offers quick and easy application, and long-lasting products save time and money. No-Sting Skin-Prep spray can help protect vulnerable skin, reducing the risk of costly infections. The addition of No-Sting Skin-Prep spray to our liquid film-forming dressing line and our broad portfolio of trusted wound care brands reflects our commitment to providing solutions that promote positive patient outcomes and cost-effective patient care."

 

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Sun Pharma gets FDA approval for ALS generic

BY Alaric DeArment

MUMBAI, India The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for a devastating muscular disorder.

 

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries announced Tuesday the approval of riluzole hydrochloride in the 50-mg strength. The tablets are used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

 

 

The drug is a generic version of Sanofi-Aventis’ Rilutek, which has sales of around $50 million, according to Sun.

 

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Cirrus targets ear-ringing with Tinnitex

BY Allison Cerra

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. Cirrus Healthcare Products has expanded its ear care offerings with a new product, slated to hit retail shelves in spring 2011.

Tinnitex is the first and only earplug to help relieve tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing in the ears, the company said. According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, more than 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.

“Tinnitex gives the suffering consumer an option to the inconvenience of ear drops or the excessive amount of pills that consumers are tired of taking. The Tinnitex earplug is easy to apply and comfortable to wear and, at about $10 at retail for six pairs, provides affordable relief,” said Cirrus CEO Drew O’Connell.

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