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Most contact lens wearers practice bad hygiene when it comes to their lenses

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — Most contact lens wearers in the United States put their eyes at risk by cutting corners and adopting bad habits when it comes to contact lens care and hygiene practices, according to a recent global survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Alcon.

The findings from the survey of 1,000 contact lens wearers in the United States indicate that 76% of consumers surveyed wouldn’t bathe in yesterday’s bath water, yet 92% of U.S. contact lens wearers surveyed reuse or “top-off” lens solution, instead of pouring it out and using fresh solution each day. This common habit does not effectively clean or disinfect contact lenses, and can actually put a person’s eye health at risk. 

According to the survey, a majority of consumers admit to a number of behaviors that could lead to dirty lenses and, ultimately, discomfort or infection. For example, storing contact lenses in tap water rather than in disinfecting solution (35% of wearers in the U.S.) or failing to rinse lenses with disinfecting solution before placing them in their lens storage case (55% of wearers in the U.S.). Other common “bad habits” included:

Wearing lenses for additional or more days than recommended by the manufacturer (66%); failing to disinfect your contact lenses overnight and before taking them out of the lens case and putting them in your eye; and rinsing a contact lens by putting it in the mouth, instead of using disinfecting solution.

 

 

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Study: OTC ibuprofen as effective as Rx in treating post-operative pain after having tonsils removed

BY Michael Johnsen

DETROIT — A patient may be able to eat all of the ice cream he wants after having his tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say he doesn’t necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain — an over-the-counter pain reliever is just as effective.

The study released Monday found over-the-counter ibuprofen manages pain after a tonsillectomy for children and adults, as well as the prescription pain medications acetaminophen with hydrocodone and acetaminophen with codeine, which is no longer recommended for use in children.

“Based on this study and the FDA warning about the risks of children taking any medication with codeine, we recommend that children receive over-the-counter ibuprofen after a tonsillectomy,” stated lead study author Robert Standring with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford. “Ibuprofen appears to be the safest alternative that still provides adequate pain control for children.”

Study results were presented Oct. 1 at the 2013 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

 

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GNC acquires U.K. sports nutrition e-commerce retailer

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings on Wednesday announced it has acquired A1 Sports Limited (d.b.a. Discount Supplements), a multi-brand sports nutrition e-commerce retailer in the United Kingdom. 

The acquisition was funded with cash on hand. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Following the acquisition, GNC.com, LuckyVitamin.com and discount-supplements.co.uk will continue to operate as separate businesses, each with its own product offerings and target customers.

"Discount Supplements offers a broad selection of competitively priced proprietary and third-party products, and is a leader in the U.K.’s sports nutrition market," stated Joe Fortunato, GNC chairman, president and CEO. "This market — estimated to be [$485.9 million] — has demonstrated consistent double-digit growth, which is forecasted to continue. The online channel has captured nearly one-third market share and is growing faster than the market overall," he said. 

"Entering the U.K. and other key European and Scandinavian markets are core elements of our strategic plan to expand GNC’s global reach," Fortunato added. "With this acquisition, we are well positioned to capitalize on the fastest-growing channel in Europe’s top market. We also see the potential to leverage GNC’s marketing, product development and procurement capabilities to drive synergies. This includes having Discount Supplements introduce premium GNC sub-brands in the sports nutrition, vitamin and diet categories into the U.K. and other markets."

Discount Supplements — founded in 2004 — is expected to grow to approximately $32.4 million million in revenue in 2013.

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