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Study: Lice in many states resistant to common OTC treatments

BY David Salazar
CARMEL, Ind. — A new study published in the Journal of Medicine Entomology is showing that an average of 98% of head lice in 42 states have developed genetic mutations making them resistant to permethrin, the active ingredient in OTC lice medications. 
 
One of the contributing factors to the rise of treatment-resistant lice, according to specialty pharmaceutical company ParaPRO, is misuse as a result of self-diagnosis. In recent studies, as many as 69% of people self-treating with OTC lice products use more than the recommended dose to increase effectiveness. 
 
 “This newly published data supports what we’ve been seeing in our offices and clinics: an increase in treatment-resistant super lice,” said Dr. Chris Belcher of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis, Ind. “It’s important that parents contact a clinician if they suspect their child has head lice. There are effective, non-pyrethrin, non-pyrethroid-based prescription agents that can be used if treatment with over-the-counter products … has been unsuccessful.”
 
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Optimum Nutrition brings velvety smooth flavor to market with latest launch

BY Michael Johnsen

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Optimum Nutrition on Tuesday announced the arrival of the newest flavor addition to its Platinum HydroWhey line – red velvet cake. The product offers ON's hydrolyzed whey protein formula in a delicious, on-trend flavor for athletes seeking the most advanced fast-acting whey protein for muscle building and recovery.

"Red velvet cake is an in-demand flavor – but it wasn't enough for ON just to jump on the bandwagon," stated Stuart Heflin, director of North America marketing for ON. "Our iteration had to meet our high ON standard for innovation and the result is a formulation that captures the taste of red velvet cake perfectly – including the hint of cream cheese frosting."

The new Platinum HydroWhey delivers fast-digesting whey protein that provides essential nutrients to help support muscle recovery after an intense workout. Each serving contains 30 grams of protein, 15.5 grams of naturally occurring essential amino acids and nearly nine grams of naturally occurring and added BCAA's, including leucine, isoleucine and valine. The powder is instantized to mix easily with a spoon and can be combined with water, milk or milk alternatives like soy or almond milk.

"By hydrolyzing whey protein isolates to break larger proteins down into smaller pieces, these ultra-pure whey isolates in our Platinum HydroWhey get into your system rapidly, helping the muscles to start recovering from heavy training," Heflin said.
 

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Sanofi Pasteur to start shipping new flu vaccines

BY Michael Johnsen

SWIFTWATER, Pa. – Sanofi Pasteur on Tuesday announced today that its first doses of Fluzone  for the 2016-2017 influenza season have been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for shipment.
In the 2015-2016 influenza season, 50% of seniors who were vaccinated received Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, and this number is expected to rise to 60% in the coming season.

“There is general awareness of influenza among the public given its widespread prevalence,” stated David Greenberg, associate VP and regional medical head North America, Sanofi Pasteur. “What is not well known is that influenza can be life-threatening and have a lasting health impact, especially for the most vulnerable populations.”

This shipment represents the first of more than 65 million total doses of seasonal influenza vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur that will be delivered to U.S. health care providers and pharmacies beginning in July and continuing throughout the remainder of the year.

To address recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Sanofi Pasteur has increased production of Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine where possible. Sanofi Pasteur is the sole provider of injectable influenza vaccine for pediatric patients six months through 35 months of age.

Influenza activity peaked noticeably late last season occurring in early March 2016. Influenza seasons are always unpredictable as new influenza strains emerge and strain activity fluctuates throughout the year, making timely vaccination even more important to help protect against the virus, especially for seniors, young children and infants six months of age and older.
 

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