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
Antioxidants can help prevent heart attacks, study shows
NEW YORK The bacteria-fighting enzyme that causes nasal mucus to turn green also causes damage during heart attacks, but scientists in Australia may have found a way to control it.
According to published reports, researchers at the University of Sydney’s Heart Research Institute and the Queensland University of Technology have found antioxidants that could control the enzyme myeloperoxidase and stop it from causing damage when white blood cells release it during heart attacks. Normally, the cells dump myeloperoxidase on bacteria to kill them.
The research will appear in Biochemical Journal.
NSF International develops online resource for supplements information
ANN ARBOR, Mich. NSF International on Tuesday launched a new online resource, http://www.nsfsport.com, to provide information to help consumers, athletes and coaches choose safer, quality supplement products.
“We are pleased to see more user-friendly resources being placed in the hands of the public,” stated Liliana Begg, manager, Clean Sport Initiative. “The Clean Sport Initiative, which provides a forum for discussions on accidental doping will now have the support of value-added informational sites that provide consumers with the guidance they need when choosing nutritional supplements.”
NSF’s Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program certifies sports supplements that have met NSF’s certification guidelines and provides key preventive measures to protect against adulteration of products, verify label claims with product contents, as well as identify any banned substances in the finished product. The certification program has been recommended by key athletic organizations, including Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the National Football League, the Professional Golf Association, the National Football League Players Association and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports.