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Cosmederm Bioscience claims superior anti-itch efficacy for TriCalm

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO — Cosmederm Bioscience last week announced that a study recently published in the journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica has established its TriCalm anti-itch product has greater anti-itch efficacy as compared with products containing hydrocortisone or diphenhydramine.  

Researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine compared a topical hydrogel containing aluminum acetate and strontium (sold commercially as TriCalm Hydrogel) head-to-head against two products commonly marketed for anti-itch. TriCalm was "significantly superior" to the other two over-the-counter anti-itch agents reducing both the peak intensity and duration of the subjects’ itch, according to the results of the study.

The double blinded, vehicle-controlled study was looking specifically at non-histamine induced itches. The researchers induced itch in the subjects using a tropical plant called cowhage typically used when studying non-histamine-induced itch.


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Astroglide launches lubricant for sensitive skin

BY Michael Johnsen

VISTA, Calif. — Astroglide on Tuesday announced the launch of its new Astroglide Sensitive Skin Gel, a thicker personal lubricant formulated without common ingredients known to irritate sensitive skin.

Citing the International Society of Dermatology, Astroglide reported that nearly 50% of the total American population suffers from skin sensitivity, with more women suffering from this affliction than men. "Astroglide Sensitive Skin Gel addresses the needs of this large population of people who have either never tried a personal lubricant because of sensitivity concerns, or who have stopped using personal lubricants because of irritation," the company stated.  

Astroglide Sensitive Skin Gel is free from alcohol, glycerin, fragrances or parabens and also contains aloe vera and chamomile flower extract.


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Advanced Vision Research names new VP professional relations

BY Michael Johnsen

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Advanced Vision Research on Monday named Diane Houtman VP professional relations. A licensed Optometrist, Houtman will serve as the medical and clinical lead for all AVR projects and will act as corporate liaison to the medical community. 

"[Houtman’s] background as a clinician and business executive provides a unique perspective and skill set that will benefit our business both internally and externally with customers," stated Scott Chapman, general manager of Advanced Vision Research.  

Houtman earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Doctor of Optometry degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. She completed her Refractive Surgery and Cornea Fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants and received an MBA from the University of Florida. 

Prior to joining AVR, Houtman worked for global eye care company, Alcon Laboratories, in a variety of positions including, associate director, global medical affairs; associate director, clinical development and principal as a clinical research scientist. In addition, she served as  the clinical and regulatory affairs liaison for Alcon China. 

Houtman is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Optometric Council on Refractive Technology, Optometric Refractive Surgery Society and Ophthalmic Women’s Leaders.

She is the recipient of the 2000 Minnesota Optometric Association Presidential Merit Award and has been published in numerous medical publications. In addition, Houtman is a reviewer for the International Journal of Ophthalmology and a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at professional meetings and conventions.

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