Optimer introduces new remedy for traveler’s diarrhea
WASHINGTON Traveler’s diarrhea is said to have plagued even Marco Polo, but researchers said Tuesday that they may have found an antibiotic that treats it.
The researchers tested prulifloxacin, made by Optimer Pharmaceuticals, and found that it stopped the symptoms associated with traveler’s diarrhea, often called Montezuma’s Revenge.
The researchers announced their results at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Medimetriks announces agreement to market treatments for impetigo
FAIRFIELD, N.J. Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals has entered into a licensing agreement with Perrigo for U.S. Marketing rights to Centany Ointment and two prescription keratolytic brands, Medimetriks announced Tuesday.
Johnson & Johnson’s OrthoNeutrogena professional division previously marketed Centany, which is used for treating impetigo caused by Straphylococcus aureas and Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2002.
The two keratolytic brands are urea-based therapies for treating severe dry skin.
“We are happy to have a partner that brings such a record of success in the branded pharmaceutical business,” Perrigo executive vice president Sharon Kochan said in a statement. “We believe the licensed products are in good hands, given Medimetriks management’s proven abilities in building a successful business in the dermatology and podiatry markets.”
Few healthcare providers receive adequate training, tools to help patients quit smoking
NEW YORK A new study suggests that few healthcare workers have sufficient training in smoking cessation to help patients quit.
The study, presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Philadelphia, found that 87 to 93 percent of healthcare providers receive less than five hours of smoking cessation training, while less than 6 percent know the governmental Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s guidelines for treating people with tobacco dependence.
The study surveyed 600 people working in health care, including physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers and students, and divided them into prescribers and non-prescribers.