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Missouri Senate committee considers reverse-switch of PSE

BY Michael Johnsen

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. A Missouri Senate committee on Monday entertained legislation that would mandate the reverse-switch of all products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine — all products currently sold and tracked from behind the pharmacy counter per the Combat Meth Act.

The bill would exempt dietary supplements containing naturally-occurring ephedrine alkaloids that constituted less than 15% of the total weight of the supplements; however, supplements containing ephedrine have been banned from sale by the Food and Drug Administration since 2004. PSE and PPA are drugs, and therefore cannot be legally sold as supplements. PPA is also no longer available for sale OTC — the FDA requested that PPA products be pulled from the market in 2000.

That leaves only PSE products that are currently available in drug stores, and if the legislation passes this year, PSE products will become prescription-only drugs througout the state.

The move would limit access to PSE, critics charge, and would force consumers with nothing more than a common cold out of their local drug stores and into their local doctor’s offices.

Oregon switched PSE to prescription-only in 2006, and have since claimed that the move has nearly eliminated methamphetamine labs.

Part of the impetus behind the bill may be financial. The state has yet to release funds to support electronic logbook requirements on the sale of PSE, according to published reports, and switching PSE to prescription-only status would relieve the legislature from that financial burden.

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Carex launches Designer Quad Canes

BY Michael Johnsen

OAKLAND, Calif. Carex Health Brands recently launched a line of Designer Quad Canes in Pink Floral Hydrangea and Blue Satin patterns.

The new quad canes are ideal for people who are independent enough to use one-hand walking aids, but still need the four point stability that quad canes can provide. Featuring a lower center of gravity for increased stability and balance, Carex’s Designer Quad Canes also offer a cushioned offset handle that reduces pressure on the wrist and are adaptable for both right- and left-hand users by rotation around the base.

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Woodward Labs launches at-home nail fungus screening kit

BY Michael Johnsen

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. Woodward Laboratories on Tuesday launched the Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit, the first at-home screening kit that helps diagnose toe and finger nail fungus.

“People think nail fungus is simply cosmetic, so they ignore going to the doctor to have it checked,” stated Ken Gerenraich, CEO of Woodward Laboratories. “However, nails are a  window to a person’s health and if nail fungus goes undiagnosed, there can be significant health issues — especially for diabetics. The Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit allows people to diagnose the presence of nail fungus without spending money on co-payments, lab fees and doctors and they can do it in the comfort and privacy of their own home.”

The Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit provides patients with a convenient, less expensive and confidential way to determine in the comfort of their own home if they have nail fungus. Consumers use the provided nail clipper to collect a sample of a discolored and possibly infected nail and mail it to Woodward Laboratories in a postage pre-paid envelope. The nail is tested and a podiatric medical doctor reads and certifies the diagnosis. Results are mailed back to the consumer and if the test is positive, clients receive a coupon for Woodward Laboratories’ Mycocide NS, an over-the-counter antifungal treatment. Suggested retail price for the Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit is $20.

As part of the product launch, Woodward Laboratories will offer 10,000 consumers a free test kit through its web site, www.IsItNailFungus.com.

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