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Many young women may be mistreating yeast infections, study finds

BY Michael Johnsen

SKILLMAN, N.J. According to a recent survey of women ages 18 to 24 years commissioned by the Monistat brand, 61% of young women are unsure about which, if any, over-the-counter products can cure a yeast infection.

 

"Many women don’t realize that once they’ve identified they have a yeast infection, they can easily treat it on their own terms," stated Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, a board-certified OB/GYN who practices in Beverly Hills, Calif., and a partner in the Monistat survey.

 

 

The survey also found more than 36% of women incorrectly believe that treating the symptoms of a yeast infection is the same as curing the infection. And 38% of women mistakenly believe a yeast infection only can be cured by a doctor’s prescription. 

 

 

"The symptoms of a yeast infection vary greatly among individuals," Lenz said. "The classic symptoms … do not appear for all women. The important sign is always vaginal discomfort that develops out of the blue. If you are unsure, especially if you’ve never had a yeast infection, check with your doctor to make sure your symptoms aren’t actually the result of a sexually transmitted disease, bacterial infection or a combination of yeast and bacteria." 

 

 

"If your yeast infection does not clear up, contact your doctor," Lenz added. "Once you’ve treated the infection, long-term, preventative measures, including changes to your diet and lifestyle, can help prevent future infections."

 

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CHPA to Hoosier State: E-tracking will curb PSE sales

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is slated to testify Wednesday before an Indiana legislative committee on how the state can improve its policies for preventing the illegal diversion of pseudoephedrine.

The Indiana State Legislature’s Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee will hear a range of policy options, from requiring a prescription for currently accessible medicines to implementing an electronic tracking system to block illegal sales of PSE.

“The residents of Indiana deserve a solution that will help fight the state’s meth problem, without placing additional burdens on individuals, families and the state,” stated Mandy Hagan, director of state government relations for CHPA. “Electronic tracking is the only system that blocks illegal PSE sales while maintaining consumer access to the safe and effective medications they rely on for colds and allergies.”

In Indiana, there currently is no mechanism in place to curb the practice of “smurfing,” when criminals move from store to store to purchase illegal amounts of PSE to be used in the production of meth.

E-tracking, which has been adopted by 12 states nationwide and is funded by members of CHPA, will afford local law enforcement officials an investigative tool to track and prevent meth production across state lines. The system also preserves Indianans’ over-the-counter access to the PSE medications.

According to a poll by David Binder Research, almost two-thirds of surveyed Indiana voters oppose making common cold and allergy medications containing PSE available by prescription only, and 82% agree that an Rx-only requirement would create an “unnecessary burden” for law-abiding citizens.

The Indiana State Retail Association also supports implementation of an electronic tracking system.

The survey, conducted from Jan. 14 to 24, involved 368 Indiana state residents ages 18 years or over, all of whom voted in the last election, and has a margin of error of +/-5.1%. The survey was sponsored by CHPA.

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Greenstone, Eisai to launch authorized generic of Aricept

BY Alaric DeArment

PEAPACK, N.J. The generics division of Pfizer will sell an authorized generic version of a drug used to treat dementia.

 

Greenstone said Wednesday that it had agreed with Eisai to launch donepezil hydrochloride tablets, an authorized generic of Aricept. The drug is used to treat dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. Eisai makes the drug under a partnership with Pfizer.

 

 

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Eisai to introduce this important authorized generic to patients,” said James Cannon, Greenstone’s VP business alliances. “First and foremost, our goal is to provide donepezil hydrochloride tablets to the broad customer base, and we also strive to remain competitive with other potential generic versions of the product.”

 

 

Unlike generic drugs, which are marketed in competition with their branded counterparts and must undergo an abbreviated regulatory approval process through the Food and Drug Administration, authorized generics are essentially branded drugs marketed under their generic names with the authorization of the original drug’s manufacturer and often through third-party companies.

 

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