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Study: Probiotic supplementation reduces pediatric doctor visits

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — A study published earlier this week in the journal Pediatrics determined that the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri helped substantially reduce episodes of diarrhea and respiratory tract infections among children in a daycare setting. 

Additionally, the number of doctor visits, antibiotic use, absenteeism from day school and parental absenteeism from work were significantly reduced in the L. reuteri group. 

A cost-benefit analysis revealed significant reductions in costs in the L. reuteri-treated children, researchers noted. No adverse events related to the study product were reported.

 

 

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AstraZeneca launches Nexium Direct home delivery service

BY Michael Johnsen

WILMINGTON, Del. — AstraZeneca on Wednesday launched Nexium Direct, a program that provides eligible patients the option of having brand-name Nexium delivered directly to their home. Nexium Direct is part of AstraZeneca Direct, a web-based offering that delivers select brand name prescription medications from AstraZeneca. The medications are dispensed by a team of registered pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians available through a collaboration with Eagle Pharmacy.

“Today, people are taking a more active, participatory role in their healthcare. With this in mind, AstraZeneca has created Nexium Direct, giving patients and prescribers a choice when it comes to how they receive branded Nexium from AstraZeneca,” stated Linda Palczuk, VP cornerstone and commercial excellence. “Nexium has been a treatment option for acid reflux disease for over 13 years, with more than 236 million prescriptions written. We’re proud to offer patients and prescribers another way to receive this important treatment.”

Patients wishing to enroll go to PurplePill.com and click on the Nexium Direct link to complete the online enrollment form and provide a valid prescription for Nexium. During and after enrollment, patients will have access to a 24-hour support center to contact via email or phone if they have questions, the opportunity to request auto refills, and free home delivery.

 

 

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J&J installs new chief design officer to ‘accelerate innovation’

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday named Ernesto Quinteros, recently of Belkin International, as its chief design officer. He will join the company May 5 and report to Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman. 

The chief design officer for Johnson & Johnson is a newly created role that expands the responsibility of the company’s Global Strategic Design Office beyond its consumer business origins to encompass the breadth of the company’s portfolio, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer and health and wellness.

“The creation of the chief design officer role across our enterprise is part of Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to accelerate innovation globally and strengthen the equity of Johnson & Johnson and its core brands,” Peterson said.

Quinteros will lead the company’s Global Strategic Design Office, which works across Johnson & Johnson’s consumer, medical devices and pharmaceuticals segments, and with the marketing and R&D organizations. Design thinking — a consumer/customer focused approach that integrates user experience, product and packaging design, technology solutions and business requirements — will be incorporated into business and innovation strategies.

Quinteros was chief design officer at Belkin, where he spent 13 years and distinguished himself as a designer and visionary leader of a multi-disciplinary team. He was a sponsor for innovation models in product development and portfolio management of existing and evolving product lines, and was actively involved in user experience and software development initiatives. Quinteros was also Belkin’s chief brand officer, accountable for redefining the company’s culture and values, planning and designing the global headquarters, and all aspects of new brand articulation and cohesive global brand identity.

Quinteros is an award-winning designer whose work has been cited by leading publications. Fast Company included Belkin as a top ten innovator in the “Internet of Things” category for 2014. 

Quinteros will be based at the company’s headquarters. 

 

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