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GSK, Mia Hamm to adults: ‘Give your health a shot’

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA GlaxoSmithKline has tapped soccer star Mia Hamm for its public health campaign to emphasize the need for adults to make vaccinations part of their overall health-and-wellness goals.

GSK’s Give Your Health a Shot campaign underscores the need for adults to receive vaccinations as a preventative measure to protect their health. The campaign announcement followed the pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak that has affected California.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults receive vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, human papillomavirus (HPV), pneumonia, meningitis and shingles.

"By working out and eating well, I thought I had checked the boxes for a healthy life. Now I know that vaccines are also important defensive tools to help protect adults from serious diseases," Mia Hamm said. "The recent outbreaks of whooping cough in my home state of California and around the country are a wake-up call for all of us to do our part to help protect ourselves, our families and our community. Check in with your healthcare provider to make sure you are up to date on all of the vaccinations recommended for you."

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Sun Pharma gets FDA approval for ALS generic

BY Alaric DeArment

MUMBAI, India The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for a devastating muscular disorder.

 

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries announced Tuesday the approval of riluzole hydrochloride in the 50-mg strength. The tablets are used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

 

 

The drug is a generic version of Sanofi-Aventis’ Rilutek, which has sales of around $50 million, according to Sun.

 

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Cirrus targets ear-ringing with Tinnitex

BY Allison Cerra

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. Cirrus Healthcare Products has expanded its ear care offerings with a new product, slated to hit retail shelves in spring 2011.

Tinnitex is the first and only earplug to help relieve tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing in the ears, the company said. According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, more than 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.

“Tinnitex gives the suffering consumer an option to the inconvenience of ear drops or the excessive amount of pills that consumers are tired of taking. The Tinnitex earplug is easy to apply and comfortable to wear and, at about $10 at retail for six pairs, provides affordable relief,” said Cirrus CEO Drew O’Connell.

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