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Carmex gives entrepreneurs 10,000 reasons to be ‘#InPursuitOf of an Unstoppable Dream’

BY Michael Johnsen
FRANKLIN, Wis. – Carma Laboratories on Monday launched a grant program under its Carmex brand to support entrepreneurs who are #InPursuitOf of an Unstoppable Dream. 
 
"Our goal with Unstoppable Dreams is to encourage this powerful group of individuals to pursue their dreams and ambitions, communicating that anything is possible with hard work and determination," stated Jona Mancuso, VP marketing Carma Labs. "The dedication and resilience demonstrated by our founder has led us to where we are today, and we acknowledge the unwavering spirit that it takes to make dreams come true." 
 
Through Carma Labs' program, Carmex hopes to inspire and encourage entrepreneurs to follow their dreams by rewarding one driven, hardworking "dreamer" with a $10,000 grant to be put towards achieving their Unstoppable Dream. The brand is launching the program via social media, where participants can enter through Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win.
 
Entries can be submitted starting now through July 15th, and one winner will be selected and announced in August. 
 
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Alaska becomes 11th state to restrict DXM sales to adults

BY Michael Johnsen
JUNEAU, Alaska – Alaska recently became the 11th state to help prevent the growing abuse threat posed by products containing dextromethorphan by restricting the sale of products containing DXM to Alaskans over the age of 18, or under 18 with a licensed practitioner’s prescription.
 
“Thank you to my colleagues for passing this bill to protect Alaska teens, the largest risk group for these powerful medicines,” stated Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, and the House Majority Leader, when the bill passed through the Alaska House earlier this year. “When used correctly, medicines with DXM are safe; high doses can lead to some nasty outcomes, like hallucinations, blurred visions and loss of motor control. We need to keep our kids safe. That’s how HB125 can help.”
 
Leader Millett referenced a 2013 study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Monitoring Our Future) that reported 4% of 8th to 12th graders, teenagers, have intentionally consumed excessive amounts of cough medicine.
 
"CHPA thanks [Alaska] Gov. Bill Walker for signing the bill into law and House Majority Leader Charisse Millett and Sen. Mia Costello for shepherding the bill through the legislative process," stated Scott Melville, president and CEO of the Consumer Healthcare Products Associatoin. "Alaska will join states across the country that have recognized that limiting teen access to DXM is a proven way to prevent abuse. CHPA has long supported state efforts to curb teen OTC cough medicine abuse and has worked to increase parental awareness through its StopMedicineAbuse.org campaign," he said. "We know that this legislation will inform parents of this problem, while ensuring access for the millions of families who responsibly use products containing DXM to treat common cough symptoms."
 
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Clarion Brands survey finds 16% of women with UTI infections turn to OTC solution

BY Michael Johnsen
TREVOSE, Pa. – According to a survey released Thursday by Clarion Brands, makers of Cystex, about 60% of women will contract a urinary tract infection at some point in their lives. And of that 60%, approximately 40% will have another. 
 
To put that into perspective, UTIs account for more than 8 million doctor visits each year, making it the second most common type of infection in the body. Yet despite the prevalence of UTIs, the survey found that among women ages 18-54, half of women believe having a UTI would be embarrassing.
 
“The fact that half of women think a UTI is embarrassing and a large number feel judged for having one is simply not right given that millions of us will contract the infection at least once,” stated Jennifer Moyer, VP marketing and sales at Clarion Brands. “By educating women about UTIs and how they are really caused, we hope to normalize the infection and stop the myths from persisting.”
 
“UTIs are caused by a variety of different reasons and there shouldn’t be any shame associated with contracting one,” stated Yvonne Bohn, Cystex spokesperson. “The embarrassment that this survey confirms is unwarranted because UTIs are so common – and they are already painful enough.”
 
The survey, conducted online by Harris Poll among 622 U.S. women ages 18-54, also found that 2 in 5 (41%) of women indicated that they believe people are judgmental of women who have a UTI.
 
Almost all women who have previously had a UTI (99%) agree that they want to take a UTI head on when they think they have one by taking some form of action. Specifically, 39% say their first step would be to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician and 16% say their first step would be to take an over-the-counter product to relieve the pain and stop the infection. 
 
“The only way to treat a UTI is through a doctor-prescribed antibiotic, but there are ways you can ease the pain and prevent the infection from getting worse while you await an appointment, such as taking an OTC product like Cystex Urinary Pain Relief Tablets,” Bohn said. “UTI symptoms typically go away within days of proper treatment with doctor-prescribed antibiotics, and it is important to take the entire course of antibiotics even if symptoms have improved to be sure to eradicate all of the bacteria in the urinary tract.”
 
 
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