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GM Pharmaceuticals introduces line of specialized allergy OTCs

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS, – GM Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday introduced DayClear Allergy and DayClear Sinus Relief, a new-to-the-market product line that addresses a sometimes forgotten class of patients — those battling Celiac Disease, diabetes, alcohol intolerance, acetaminophen intolerance and dye sensitivities.
 
GM Pharmaceuticals believes the DayClear line fills a gap for millions of Americans affected by diseases and intolerances requiring special diets and pharmaceutical considerations. The owners of GM Pharmaceuticals answered this need because the matter hit close to home.
 
"When my son was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, we struggled to find OTC medicines that he could take, even for something like allergies," explained Odes Mitchell, the owner of GM Pharmaceuticals and creator of the DayClear brand. "We created DayClear because we wanted my son, and anyone else with a sensitivity, to have an option."
 
DayClear could be a solution for anyone who has struggled with sensitivity to the active and inactive ingredients of name brand OTC allergy and sinus medicine.
 
One in every 133 Americans is diagnosed with Celiac Disease, demanding a gluten-free regimen. All DayClear products are gluten free, allowing people with Celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergies to avoid side effects and symptoms.
 
Approximately 29.1 million Americans must stringently monitor sugar intake due to diabetes, considering all ingredient labels, even for medicine. By choosing sugar-free products, like DayClear, consumers can lower their risk of illness and disease, control cravings, improve energy and avoid allergens.
 
DayClear products are free of alcohol, eliminating the side effects of alcohol intolerance that could include nausea, headaches, flushing, increased heart rate and fainting. Research indicates that cystic fibrosis and fibromyalgia patients may experience intolerance to alcohol and sensitivities to sugar, food colors and artificial flavors.
 
Each year, 80,000 people head to the emergency room due to accidental acetaminophen overdoses. Acetaminophen overdoses may present symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, sweating, vomiting, appetite loss and convulsions. All DayClear products use choline salicylate as a pain reliever.
 
Food coloring and artificial dye sensitivity can lead to hyperactivity, lack of attention, sleep problems, stomach and respiratory issues in some adults. Most prescription and over-the-counter products contain artificial dyes to make them more attractive in the store aisle. All DayClear products are free of artificial dyes and food coloring.
 
DayClear is currently being launched in the northeast states including: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Delaware. The product is also available nationwide via Amazon.
 
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NBTY brings gummy format to Ester-C offering

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – NBTY on Tuesday launched Ester-C Immune Charge Gummies to help busy families get 100% of the daily value of the patented Ester-C formula. 
 
Ester-C is calcium ascorbate, which is formulated to contain the same metabolites the body produces that help enhance the retention of vitamin C by the white blood cells – a vital component of the immune system.
 
"With families more on-the-go than ever, we looked to introduce new delivery forms to the Ester-C portfolio, like gummies, which make it convenient for families to support their immune health anytime, anywhere," said John Frame, VP Ester-C. "We're excited to launch new Ester-C Immune Charge Gummies because the benefits of the patented Ester-C formula can now be experienced by the whole family, whether it be those heading off to school on the bus or grabbing the train to work."
 
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CVS/pharmacy brings hearing, optical services in-store

BY Michael Johnsen

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health on Monday announced that it is opening Hearing Centers in seven CVS/pharmacy stores in the Dallas and Cleveland markets and will be providing optical services at CVS/pharmacy in five store locations around the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. market.
 
“Hearing and optical services are a great fit with the existing health offerings in our stores, including industry-leading pharmacy products and services, our MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics and a comprehensive smoking cessation program,” said Andrew Sussman, president of CVS/minuteclinic and EVP and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health. “By expanding our retail health offerings into vision and hearing services, we are providing customers a convenient, single destination on their path to better health.”
 
“Over the past year, we have eliminated tobacco products from all of our stores, added healthy food options, and created a stronger connection between health and beauty,” said Judy Sansone, SVP front store business and chief merchant of CVS Health. “Now, by taking these first steps into providing hearing and optical services, we continue to evolve our retail locations into a leading destination for convenient and accessible health services.”
 
The Hearing Centers at CVS/pharmacy, which will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays, are staffed by licensed audiologists and hearing instrument specialists who are able to assess hearing needs using computerized equipment in the centers’ soundproof booths. The centers will offer a variety of hearing aid products and custom ear plugs, as well as provide services such as free hearing screenings and free in-store hearing checks and cleanings. The Hearing Centers will also offer innovative noise simulation testing to demonstrate to patients the improvements that hearing aids can provide during different life experiences. Many insurance plans will be accepted for the hearing services available.
 
Experts say it takes an average of seven years for consumers to seek help from a professional for their hearing loss.The hearing services offered at CVS/pharmacy will help increase awareness and access for those with hearing needs and provide the opportunity to improve their quality of life by addressing their hearing needs sooner.
 
Optical service at CVS/pharmacy will be available seven days a week later this fall at select locations around the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. market. Services will include comprehensive eye exams by an optometrist three days a week for both walk-ins and appointments; prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses; access to more than 600 styles of frames and sunglasses from fashionable, popular brands for women, men and children; and free cleanings and adjustments. Many insurance plans will be accepted.
 
All eyeglasses will have a 90-day total-satisfaction guarantee, and can be returned for any reason during this period for a full refund. Glasses purchased for children up to age 14 will be covered by a one-year guarantee.
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