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Pfizer to bring long-lasting liquid DXM to market

BY Michael Johnsen

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. – Tris Pharma on Monday announced that Pfizer Consumer Healthcare will commercialize the company's extended release dextromethorphan cough syrup under the Robitussin brand beginning in July. 
 
In exchange, Tris will receive an upfront payment, milestone payments and sales-based royalties. Tris will be responsible for manufacturing and regulatory activities while Pfizer Consumer Healthcare will manage sales, marketing and distribution.
 
"The U.S. cough and cold market has been ripe for innovation and when you consider that market research shows most patients prefer long-lasting relief in the form of a liquid, rather than a solid pill, our technology is well positioned to address this market," stated Ketan Mehta, Tris CEO. 
 

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Alcon launches new hydrogen peroxide-based contact lens solution

BY Antoinette Alexander

FORT WORTH, Texas — Alcon, a division of Novartis, has announced the U.S. launch of Clear Care Plus Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution containing HydraGlyde Moisture Matrix technology, for cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses.

More than 31 million contact lens wearers in the United States use lenses that require daily cleaning. Among these wearers, nearly 1-in-6 patients stops using their contact lenses, citing discomfort and dryness as primary reasons for contact lens intolerance. According to the company, Clear Care Plus is preservative-free and the only hydrogen peroxide-based solution available in the United States with HydraGlyde Moisture Matrix technology.

Clear Care Plus Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution is now available in the United States for over-the-counter purchase. 
 

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Cosmederm Bioscience creates Web resource for those itching for answers on itch

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO — Cosmederm Bioscience on Tuesday announced the introduction of ItchFreeZone.com, a new resource for all things itch. 
 
More than 300 million people suffer from acute itch every year and more than 110 million suffer from chronic itch conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and diabetic itch, the company stated. The new site addresses a wide range of topics from "Itch 101" basics to conditions and symptoms to recommendations on how to manage itch. Site visitors will find information on everything from how to treat a summer bug bite to advice for reducing itch during the winter.
 
"When itch sufferers searched online in the past, they'd have to dig through a variety of sources to get a 360 degree view of itch," said Sean Edwards, CEO and president, Cosmederm Bioscience. "We designed the ItchFreeZone to address this need and serve as an online education resource for anyone in search of itch-related information. Our goal for the ItchFreeZone is to empower visitors with the critical knowledge they need to help themselves, their loved ones or inform others."
 
ItchFreeZone visitors can expect the site to be updated seasonally with information relating to itch conditions. Additionally, the first 75 visitors to subscribe to the ItchFreeZone newsletter will receive a free copy of the book "Living with Itch" written by dermatologist and itch expert, Gil Yosipovitch.
 
The ItchFreeZone is online at www.ItchFreeZone.com.

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