OTC heartburn relief used in prevention of peptic ulcers
BEIJING A research team led by Satoshi Mochida from Japan addressed the incidence of low-dose aspirin-induced peptic ulcer in elderly individuals, concluding that the use of H2 receptor antagonists like Pepcid or proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec OTC may help in reducing peptic ulcer associated with a low-dose aspirin therapy.
Their results indicated that H2RA therapy was effective for both the prevention and treatment of low-dose aspirin induced peptic ulcers, similar to the effects of PPIs, while cytoprotective anti-ulcer drugs were ineffective in preventing peptic ulcers.
The study was published on Feb. 14 edition of the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Advanced Vision Research launches new OTC supplement for AMD
WOBURN, Mass. Advanced Vision Research has launched an OTC vitamin supplement for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, the eye disease treatment company announced Thursday.
MacuTrition Eye Vitamin and Mineral Supplement contains fish oil omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and green tea extract for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. AMD has no cure and is the leading cause of blindless in Americans older than 65. In addition, 5 million of the23 million Americans with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, and 97% of insulin-dependent diabetics will develop retinopathy.
“By targeting oxidation, inflammation and angiogenesis, we take a multi-pronged approach to maintaining eye health, especially in those with diabetes and macular degeneration, including those at risk, i.e. family members,” Advanced Vision Research CEO Jeffrey Gilbard stated.
IntraVera to launch BruiseMD product at 2009 Natural Products Expo West
GLENDALE, Calif. IntraVera Worldwide will be launching its BruiseMD product at the 2009 Natural Products Expo West, the company announced. BruiseMD will be available in tablets, cream, gel and as an analgesic balm.
The oral version of BruiseMD features natural plant extracts, including pineapple and papaya. The topical versions feature Arnica Montana, a natural ingredient used to heal bruises in combination with topical analgesics for pain relief.
“Every day, nearly 350,000 Americans suffer a new bruise,” stated Raymond Ealy, president and CEO. “There is a pressing consumer need for a product that specifically treats bruises.”
“BruiseMD will speed up the healing process of all three types of bruises: subcutaneous bruises, or those beneath the skin; intramuscular bruises, those within the underlying muscle; and periosteal, or bone bruises, the most severe and painful,” reported James Caillouette, co-founder and board member of IntraVera Worldwide. “Until now, doctors and pharmacists could only recommend the use of pain relievers to treat bruises. These products can decrease bruise pain, but do nothing to heal the bruise.”