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PharmaLink gets orphan drug designation for Nefecon

BY Alaric DeArment

STOCKHOLM The Food and Drug Administration has given orphan drug designation to a treatment for a rare kidney disease under mid-stage clinical development by privately owned Swedish drug maker PharmaLink, the company said.

 

The FDA granted the designation to Nefecon (PL-56), a treatment for IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease, a disorder that leads to end-stage kidney disease. The FDA gives orphan drug designation to incentivize development of treatments for rare and serious disorders.

 

 

“Today’s news marks a significant milestone for PharmaLink and increases the commercial value of Nefecon as it moves toward the marketplace,” PharmaLink managing director Johan Haggblad said. “We believe this product candidate has great potential in treating IgA nephropathy.”

 

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The Natural Dentist introduces sore throat products

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. The Natural Dentist on Monday launched two throat spray products — one formulated for kids and one for adults — that will be available at a suggested retail price of $9.99.

 

“When we started our product research, we were disheartened at some of the ingredients traditional throat sprays contain, including up to 50% alcohol despite lingering controversies regarding the use of alcohol in oral care products,” stated Kelly Kaplan, president and COO of Revive Personal Products, parent company of The Natural Dentist.

 

 

The Natural Dentist sore throat spray soothes and moisturizes with pure vegetable glycerin and other all-natural ingredients, such as echinacea, goldenseal, calendula and grapefruit seed extract. The Natural Dentist sore throat spray for kids contains no alcohol and features an orange flavor, while the alcohol-free adult product comes in mint.

 

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Tiger Balm sponsors Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure

BY Michael Johnsen

HAYWARD, Calif. Prince of Peace Enterprises on Thursday announced its sponsorship of the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure under its Tiger Balm external analgesic brand.

 

“Tiger Balm stands with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of those who have been affected by breast cancer,” stated Kenneth Yeung, Prince of Peace president. “We are proud to sponsor the 15th anniversary of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale race and to use our involvement to help raise awareness of this important cause among fans and users of Tiger Balm products.”

 

 

The Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Komen Affiliate’s service area covers Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Up to 75% of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals, clinics and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards, and educational and scientific programs around the world.

 

 

Tiger Balm representatives will distribute free samples of Tiger Balm neck and shoulder rub and free workout towels featuring the Susan G. Komen and Tiger Balm logos at the race. Visitors also can receive free T-shirts with the Tiger Balm logo. Tiger Balm also is sponsoring a photo booth kiosk where individuals or groups can pose for free souvenir photos to mark the significance of the day.

 

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