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Nature’s Gate develops natural 2-in-1 formula for little ones

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Nature’s Gate, a maker of natural skin care products, has developed the new Nature’s Gate Baby Soothing Shampoo & Wash.

Nature’s Gate Baby Soothing Shampoo & Wash cleanses fine hair and soothes delicate skin with mild herbs and an exclusive blend of seven gentle baby botanicals. The ingredients include:


  • Chamomile and orange flower blend together to ease and calm infant skin;

  • Calendula, nature’s emollient, to deliver cleansing benefits;

  • Jojoba oil to nourish hair and scalp;

  • Sweet almond and apricot kernel oils, rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, to hydrate skin; and

  • Vegetable glycerin to help retain moisture. 
 


Nature’s Gate Baby Soothing Shampoo & Wash is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrance, butylene glycol and animal-derived ingredients. It is pediatrician-tested on children 6 months to 2 years old. 

Baby Soothing Shampoo & Wash has a suggested retail price of $7.79.

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Catamaran launches new specialty pharmacy brand

BY Alaric DeArment

LISLE, Ill. — A pharmacy benefit manager has launched a new specialty pharmacy offering.

Catamaran announced Monday the introduction of BriovaRx, which it said would mark "the beginning of a new day in the specialty sector, delivering personalized, holistic care to patients with complex and chronic conditions to improve health outcomes."

The company said BriovaRx would be the fifth-largest specialty pharmacy in the country and would have the skill and scale to effectively manage costs for health plans and other payers challenged by escalating specialty drug prices and increased utilization. According to the company, specialty plan spending is estimated to grow from 2010’s 18% of total pharmacy costs to 43% by 2020.

"Patients diagnosed with complex medical conditions often face insurmountable challenges to managing their conditions — financially, emotionally and physically," Catamaran chairman and CEO Mark Thierer said. "In contrast to an industry that’s focused solely on the drug, BriovaRx focuses not he patient, ensuring they receive on-on-one support and a personalized plan that addresses all conditions — not just the underlying chronic illness — to help them lead healthy, vibrant lives."

Formerly known as SXC Health Solutions, Catamaran has operated in specialty for more than 15 years, and the new brand replaces the former specialty pharmacy offering, Medfusion/Ascend.

"Since 11 of the 16 most-utilized drugs in the nation are classified as specialty, BriovaRx addresses a growing need in our communities to better manage complex conditions like hepatitis C, cancer, Crohn’s disease, HIV, multiple sclerosis and others," Catamaran SVP pharmacy operations Albert Thigpen said. "BriovaRx provides a support system for the patient and coordinates the efforts of providers and payers to streamline delivery and administration of treatment to ensure a more positive experience for every patient and more time for physicians to focus on care."


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Hair restoration expert Dr. Robert Leonard develops hair care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

CRANSTON, R.I. — Chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates Dr. Robert Leonard, who is also a national spokesman for Rogaine and the hair loss expert for Johnson & Johnson, has announced the launch of Copper Chemist, a hair care product line formulated to harness the regenerative properties of copper peptides, the naturally occurring small protein fragments known to increase hair growth.

“Many of today’s hair care products use harsh detergents that actually damage our hair,” Leonard stated. “Copper Chemist replaces these detergents with naturally occurring extracts, including copper peptides, to promote healthy, strong and radiant hair.”

In addition to copper peptides, other ingredients in Copper Chemist shampoo include the antioxidant green tea, as well as red algae extract. Wheat and silk proteins in Copper Chemist conditioner strengthen hair, while alpha hydroxy acids from natural sugarcane and fruit extracts provide healthy shine and easy manageability.

“Copper Chemist is not intended solely for people with thinning hair; it’s recommended for anyone who wants healthier-looking hair,” Leonard stated. “Just as we take vitamins to give our body a boost, we should use hair care products designed to give our hair a boost.”

Copper Chemist is free of sulfates, phthalates and parabens. It’s a unisex product featuring a rosemary mint fragrance and has an introductory price of $17 per bottle. It is currently available online at HairDr.com.

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