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Study: Use of Purell hand sanitizer reduced diarrhea and respiratory illness incidence among children

BY Michael Johnsen

AKRON, Ohio — Among children who took part in a recent study on the use of hand sanitizer in an environment with limited access to clean water, diarrhea cases were reduced by 30% and respiratory illnesses by more than 11%, GOJO Industries noted in a release issued Tuesday. 

The University of Columbia study was reported in the June 2012 issue of Pan American Journal of Public Health. As part of the study, researchers monitored children’s use of alcohol hand sanitizer in conjunction with education to help to reduce life-threatening infections.

The study’s authors concluded that Colombia’s disease-prevention policies should include the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially in settings where hand-washing with soap and water is limited due to the availability of clean water.

"I believe teaching about and encouraging the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a simple and easy intervention that is very effective in reducing life-threatening diarrhea and respiratory infections," stated Juan Correa, a professor at the University of Columbia. "These small changes can make a tremendous impact on the health of children and their communities."

The Colombia study reflects the GOJO commitment to evidence-based understanding of the role of good hand hygiene for health and well-being, noted Nicole Koharik, GOJO global sustainability marketing director. "The study results prove that the use of Purell products, combined with hand hygiene knowledge, can save lives," she stated. "They reinforce the importance of the GOJO commitment to social well-being around the globe as it pertains to the ‘GOJO Purpose,’ [which is] saving lives and making life better through well-being solutions."

The study was conducted in 42 childcare centers in six towns in Colombia with limited access to clean tap water, a circumstance considered a leading cause of childhood death in developing nations. The study’s purpose was to gauge the effectiveness of combining the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers with hand hygiene education to reduce acute diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections. In partnership with GOJO, a distributor of Purell products in South America donated Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer and placed dispensers in the childcare centers. A team from Fundación Santa Fe in Bogotá developed and distributed the hand hygiene curriculum.

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Bausch + Lomb introduces consumer-preferred cap design

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Bausch + Lomb recently introduced a new consumer-preferred cap design across its Renu multi-purpose contact lens solution brand. 

The design and overseal snap provides for an added ease of use, the company stated.  

The Renu brand in July celebrated 25 years on the shelf. First introduced in 1987, the brand helped revolutionize the contact lens solution category as a daily, single-bottle contact lens care regimen.

"We are proud that Bausch + Lomb modernized the way people care for their eyes by introducing an innovative brand that not only made contact lenses more convenient and accessible but has remained a leading personal care product for more than a quarter of a century," Kimberly Gobel, marketing director of lens care, Bausch + Lomb North American Vision Care, stated this summer. 

The Renu brand multi-purpose solutions are available in two formats — Renu Fresh multi-purpose solution and Renu Sensitive multi-purpose solution.

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Westport Pharmaceuticals launches Zephrex-D, a tamper-resistant PSE formulation

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS – Westport Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday launched Zephrex-D, a tamper-resistant pseudoephedrine-based decongestant that now is available in retail stores throughout the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri. 

The unique formulation of Zephrex-D provides decongestant relief for consumers while protecting against the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine. “The arrival of Zephrex-D is an integral part of a comprehensive solution to help end meth labs and meth-related crime in our local communities, throughout Missouri and ultimately, across our country," stated Paul Hemings, VP and general manager for Westport. 

Because it is a pseudoephedrine-based product, it still will be available behind the pharmacy counter as regulated by the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005. Some local ordinances require prescriptions to purchase pseudoephedrine products, but Zephrex-D has been exempted from the prescription requirement in several instances, the company reported. 

Westport Pharmaceuticals has applied to the federal government for an exemption from the restrictions created by CMEA, the company reported on its website Zephrex-d.com/. "This exemption would enable retailers to place Zephrex-D back in their OTC sections, return direct consumer access to pseudoephedrine, save time and administrative costs for pharmacists, all while helping to reduce methamphetamine-related crime. Consumers win, retailers win and ‘meth cooks’ lose."

Zephrex-D is made using Tarex, Highland Pharmaceuticals’ patented technology that blocks the meth-making process while still providing full congestion relief for patients. "Our technology frustrates the most well-known methods of drug abuse, i.e. crushing for inhalation and injection, and extraction for concentrating for injection," Highland Pharmaceuticals stated in explaining the process. "Highland Pharmaceuticals can deliver both opioid-based analgesics and pseudoephedrine in GRAS formulation, thereby providing a new and unconventional approach to combat the issue of drug abuse."

According to Highland, when pseudoephedrine is delivered in the Tarex format, the standard extraction process is derailed, making the attempt to extract the active ingredient from the tablet unsuccessful. Accordingly, the resulting output cannot be used in subsequent steps to make methamphetamine. 

Any retailer inquiries regarding Zephrex-D should be directed to Advantage Consumer Healthcare, Westport’s national sales and marketing partner. Either Greg Bradley or Clark Brown can be reached at 412-706-5440, or via email at www.advantagechc.com.  

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