Roche launches complete detection kit for influenza A /H1N1
PENZBERG, Germany Roche Applied Science on Thursday announced the availability of a new detection kit for the novel influenza A/H1N1 virus. Roche currently is filing to get approval of the local health authorities worldwide for use of the kit in emergency situations.
“The design of the new detection kits benefited very much from information we got out of our manifold research cooperations,” stated Manfred Baier, head of Roche Applied Science. “We are glad of our contribution in supplying fast and reliable tools for the detection of Influenza A/H1N1 to the research community.”
Currently, there is no human vaccine on the market that protects against Influenza A H1N1 infection, Roche noted. Standard therapy for the disease includes treatment with antiviral drugs like Tamiflu or Relenza.
SDI: Rx antivirals drop close to 60%
PLYMOIUTH MEETING, Pa. SDI’s Vector One: National shows that for the week ended May 8, the number of new antiviral prescriptions dispensed at retail pharmacies was 118,578 — a 59% drop compared with approximately 277,000 new prescriptions the week before.
Tamiflu accounted for 90% of the market’s new prescriptions last week, SDI stated Tuesday
Drugstore.com sees increase in consumer visits
BELLEVUE, Wash. Drugstore.com on Wednesday reported a 75% increase in the past year in the number of consumers visiting its coupon, sale and clearance pages for nonprescription health and beauty products.
The number of orders coming from customers searching for bargains is up more than 90% year-over-year, the online druggist reported.
“We see more and more consumers looking for ways to save money on products they use every day, and drugstore.com is focused on finding new ways to offer even more value. In fact we just lowered prices on more than 2,000 products,” stated David Lonczak, VP and chief marketing officer for Drugstore.com. “Since the beginning of the year, we’ve also seen more customers taking advantage of our drugstore.com dollars program, one of the highest value customer loyalty programs in the industry, offering 5% back toward a future purchase.”