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ProActive Remedies develops drug for food-allergy sufferers

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT COLLINS, Colo. ProActive Remedies on Thursday announced the launch of its homeopathic food allergy treatment called Allertherapy.

The methodology behind Allertherapy is similar in concept to allergy shots, the company noted, in that it helps build immunity to allergens and maintains that immunity over time. The oral spray uses a low, homeopathic allergen strength of one part per million to allow for safety of use in most allergy sufferers. The food mix contains many of the most common allergy-causing foods.

Because Allertherapy contains allergens, it is important to note that those with severe allergies must only use this treatment with doctor approval and under doctor supervision, the company stated.

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Study: Mortality increases in ICU patients with controlled glucose levels

BY Michael Johnsen

WALTHAM, Mass. Intensive glucose control increased mortality among adults in the intensive care unit, according to a study published Tuesday on the New England Journal of Medicine’s Web site.

A blood glucose target of 180 mg or less per deciliter resulted in lower mortality than did a target of 81 to 108 mg per deciliter.

The findings call into question the optimal target range for blood glucose in critically ill patients, authors suggested. Medicating patients to bring down their blood sugar levels may raise the overall death rate by 10%, according to published reports on the research. Researchers estimated that one in every 38 patients aggressively treated for high blood sugar would die.

The study encompassed 6,104 people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States — only 20% of the patients included in the study had a history of diabetes.

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Bausch & Lomb appoint new CFO, corporate VP

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb on Wednesday named Brian Harris its CFO and corporate VP, effective immediately.

“[Harris] brings not only his considerable financial acumen to Bausch & Lomb, but also the perspectives of a seasoned executive with on-the-ground operating experience in the U.S., Asia and Europe,” stated Gerald Ostrov, B&L chairman and CEO. “We expect him to immediately contribute to the company as we focus on driving profitable long-term growth.”

Beginning in 1989, Harris held positions of increasing responsibility with Tomkins, the industrial, automotive, building products and engineering manufacturing conglomerate. These included roles as president of the $2 billion worldwide power transmission business for Gates Corporation, as well as SVP for strategic business development, and CFO and company secretary. He also served as president of Gates Unitta Asia, the company’s Japanese joint venture.

Harris earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from Glasgow University, and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant.

Jurij Kushner, B&L corporate VP, who has served as interim CFO since January 2009, will retire as planned from the company after a brief transition.

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