Fruth Pharmacy elects founder’s daughter as board chairwoman
POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. Regional retail pharmacy chain Fruth Pharmacy has elected a new chairwoman of the board.
Fruth CEO Don Pullin announced the election of Lynne Fruth, which occurred during the board meeting in March. The company said Fruth will direct the company’s affairs and make decisions on major company issues.
Fruth, the youngest daughter of company founder Jack Fruth, has spent more than 20 years in careers related to education, serving as field researcher for the federal government and in the Putnam County, W.Va., school system. She also works as a private consultant to many county school systems in West Virginia and has been an owner and operator of several private businesses, including restaurants and a vending route.
“In the words of my father, the harder I work, the luckier I get,” Fruth stated. “I will strive to bring to this position that level of dedication, as well as a commitment to the values on which our company was founded – hard work; integrity; true concern for our employees, customers and communities; and a vision for where we can take Fruth Pharmacy in the future.”
Study finds sodium oxybate might significantly improve pain, core symptoms of fibromyalgia
PALO ALTO, Calif. Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ sodium oxybate showed statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in pain and the core symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, according to phase 3 data.
Most patients with fibromyalgia suffer from widespread chronic pain, but the vast majority of patients also are affected by a broader spectrum of symptoms, including fatigue, sleep disturbances, cognitive dysfunction and impaired physical function.
“The data showed that sodium oxybate improves the key symptoms of fibromyalgia: pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances,” said Todd Swick, one of the study’s investigators, medical director of the Houston Sleep Center and assistant clinical professor of neurology at the University of Texas – Houston School of Medicine. “Millions of people are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and there is a continuing unmet need for therapies that address the constellation of symptoms that can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life.”
The 14-week study included 548 patients with fibromyalgia and was presented last week at the 2009 Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting in Seattle.
Report: Obama to sign tobacco legislaton
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama has said he will quickly sign a bill that passed in the House Friday that would impose tough new regulations on tobacco, according to published reports.
The bill would place regulation of tobacco products under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration, while also banning such products as cigarettes flavored with cloves and strawberry, and banning cigarette makers from advertising their products with such labels as “light” and “mild.”
More than 400,000 Americans die of smoking-related illnesses every year, and more than 35 million live with chronic lung disease, according to the American Lung Association.