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Duane Reade sells topical pain reliever, marks first entry in U.S. market

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK According to a recent survey of New York office workers commissioned by Haw Par Healthcare, makers of Tiger Balm, 61% are feeling more stress than before the economic crisis began and 43% are working more than they did a year ago.

In addition, six-in-10 of those surveyed report spending six or more hours a day at their desk, and more than half 53% say that this time at work causes stress and physical pain, particularly in the neck and shoulders.

The survey also found that at the same time that stress and stress-related pain is increasing, more than half of residents report cutting down on “self-pampering” indulgences, such as massages, hair maintenance and manicures, while looking for more affordable alternatives to manage and relieve their stress-related pain.

In response to these trends, Duane Reade stores throughout New York area are selling Tiger Balm Neck & Shoulder Rub, a topical pain reliever that provides a “massage on-the-go.” This is the product’s first entry into the U.S. market, Haw Par announced.

“Since New York is the home of the nation’s financial center, it’s not surprising that almost three quarters of New Yorkers surveyed believe that they are feeling it worse than everybody else,” stated Ak Han, director and general manager of Haw Par. “We’re pleased to help New Yorkers manage their stress and relieve their pain by launching a new neck and shoulder pain version of Tiger Balm. People suffering from neck and shoulder pains may think that there is nothing they can do about it. Whether it be during times of economic crisis or during the normal day-to-day grind, we’re glad to provide new, effective, pain relief, so that people will not have to suffer in silence.”

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NCPA, Roche Diagnostic team up with new online diabetic resource

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. In an alliance with Roche Diagnostic, the National Community Pharmacists Association is giving its independent pharmacy members a new tool to expand their presence in the crucial market for diabetic care services and supplies.

NCPA has launched a new, online resource, dubbed the “Diabetes Supply Center,” through the organization’s Pharmacist e-Link. The Web site is designed to provide pharmacists with the information needed to serve patients with diabetes more effectively and make diabetic supplies a viable part of their business, according to the group.

The site helps pharmacists navigate the regulatory process for competitive bidding, accreditation or surety bonds, NCPA noted Monday. It also provides business tools, articles catering to pharmacists, news updates, expert opinion forums and a regular newsletter.

“Many independent community pharmacies are caught between the need to serve their patients with diabetes and navigating an excessive amount of government regulation and costs if they want to continue selling medical supplies such as diabetes testing strips,” said NCPA president Holly Whitcomb Henry. “NCPA is proud to partner with Roche Diagnostic to help community pharmacies better confront all of these challenges through the wide array of information found at the Diabetes Supply Center on Pharmacist e-Link.”

Added Luc Vierstraete, Head of Roche Diagnostic Care North America, ““The role of pharmacists continues to grow and evolve and Roche recognizes their important role in the health care community.”

An American Diabetes Association study in 2007 found 17.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in America at a cost of $174 billion. The average patient spends approximately $2,500 at community pharmacies for diabetes medications and supplies.

For more information, visit http://www.pharmacistelink.com/accu-chek/.

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Pure Biosciences’ SDC-based disinfectants meet CDC standards for swine flu care

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO Pure Bioscience on Sunday confirmed that all EPA-registered SDC-based disinfectants, branded Axen30, meet the recommendations by the United States Centers for Disease Control for infection control for care of patients with confirmed or swine flu in both home and healthcare settings.

“Pure’s SDC-based disinfectant is effective against both human and avian influenza A, and our distributors across the nation are poised and ready to respond to the current outbreak,” stated Pure president and CEO Michael Krall. “Should the current outbreak become pandemic, Pure has the manufacturing capability to react not only to the needs in the U.S. but also abroad to supply our powerful disinfectant to governments, healthcare institutions and consumers seeking to effectively stem the spread of swine flu.”

Axen30 is sold through a variety of distributors under more than a dozen private label brands, the company stated. Pure’s SDC-based disinfectants have been registered by the EPA specifically for use on children’s toys, cribs, high chairs and other sensitive areas of the home as well as for use on hard surfaces in multitudes of environments, including hospitals, schools and offices.

Guidance published by the CDC on April 24 for infection control in healthcare settings advises that “disinfection strategies used during influenza seasons can be applied to the environmental management of swine influenza.” Additional guidance published on April 25 for infection control in the home recommends keeping “surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.”

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