Protein Sciences out of the gate early with approved Flublok vaccine
MERIDEN, Conn. – Protein Sciences announced Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the composition of Flublok influenza vaccine for the 2015/16 flu season.
"We are extremely pleased with the early approval of the 2015/16 Flublok formulation," said Manon Cox, president and CEO of Protein Sciences. "We expect Flublok to be available in Target pharmacies and other retail chains before most other vaccines this year. Flublok is approved for use in everyone 18 years and older."
This year, there are two strain changes, the company noted. The new vaccine formulation will be available to distributors and retailers in mid-August.
A recent clinical study of the quadrivalent version of Flublok in approximately 9,000 adults 50 years and older showed that Flublok recipients were 31% less likely to develop laboratory confirmed influenza than the people that received a traditional egg-based quadrivalent vaccine, the company noted.
National Verruca Foundation offers 5 ways to avoid warts this summer
CHICAGO — The National Verruca Foundation on Wednesday designated July as Wart Awareness Month in order to raise awareness of warts as summer begins. This month-long observance provides individuals, doctors and community-based organizations an opportunity to address ways to prevent the millions of cases of non-genital warts that appear each year in the United States.
Warts can be more than a nuisance; they are highly contagious, embarrassing and can be painful when they appear on pressure points of the body such as the bottom of the feet or on the hands. Plantar (foot) warts affect about 4.5% of the population.
Children are at the highest risk of getting non-genital warts with as many as 22% of children contracting them sometime during their childhood. People with weakened or less-mature immune systems are more prone to warts. There is no vaccine for non-genital warts but avoiding them is possible for many people.
“With education, many people can avoid the potential pain and embarrassment of warts,” said dermatologist Alan Lasser, executive director of the NVF. “We’re pleased to help increase awareness throughout July, before the peak season begins.”
The virus that causes warts is the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is easily transmitted between people and from some objects. The following tips may help you stay wart free:
- Wash hands well and often;Don’t share towels. The wart virus can be transmitted by objects;
- Wear flip flops or other shoes around public locker rooms, showers and pool decks;
- Keep skin healthy and free of cuts. Scratches and cuts can make any area of the skin more vulnerable to the wart virus;
- Cover cuts and scrapes; and
- Avoid biting nails or picking at hang-nails.
Carma Labs names new VP sales
FRANKLIN, Wis. – Carma Laboratories on Wednesday appointed Frank Simone as VP domestic sales. Simone will be responsible for growing the domestic business for all Carmex brands and products, as well as working with brand partners to expand customer relationships with key retailers.
Simone has more than 25 years of experience and most recently served as VP sales for Safeway and Alberston’s at Kellogg’s, and prior to that he spent the majority of his career at Pepsi-Cola North America holding various sales leadership and business development/strategic roles across Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade. Simone also served as market VP at Avery Dennison, where he led two business segments for the retail branding and information solutions divisions and managed private label brands for retailer customers like JC Penney and Macy’s, as well as global brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hanes.
"I am very pleased at the opportunity to join the leadership team at Carma Labs,” Simone said. “In my new role, I will leverage my years of industry experience to build a comprehensive operating plan across multiple channels, act as a strong people leader and decision-maker, and continue to grow market share and maintain strong customer relationships.”
Simone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Marketing from St Joseph’s University and a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola College.
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