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UTIs may not be affected by cranberry juice intake, health information service finds

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON Contrary to popular belief, cranberry juice may not combat urinary tract infections, according to a meta-analysis put forth by Faculty of 1000 Medicine, an online health information service.

Urinary tract infections are a common complaint — between 10% and 20% of women will suffer a UTI at least once, and a third of these will experience it recurrently. Some recent studies support the use of cranberry as a preventative, but Raul Raz, director of infectious diseases at the Technion School of Medicine in Israel advise the medical community that “cranberry should no longer be considered as an effective [preventative] for recurrent UTIs”.

Raz noted that among all the clinical trials supporting use of cranberry juice for women who have a UTI, there are significant differences in clinical trial design and a lack of standardization for doses and formulation.

There is also a range of potential side-effects including stomach upsets and weight gain.

And cranberry can interact with such medicines as warfarin, commonly used to treat heart disease, Raz said.

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Walgreens announces Pharmacy Management Excellence program with Caterpillar

BY DSN STAFF

The news that Walgreens has reached an agreement with Caterpillar to help the company curb healthcare costs for its 70,000 employees, retirees and eligible dependents is one more indicator that the private sector cannot wait for healthcare reform and that pharmacy retailers are taking a greater role on the front lines of health care.

As explained in the article, Walgreens, through its Pharmacy Management Excellence program, will make transparent the prescription drug-pricing model, in turn, eliminating unnecessary and hidden costs for Caterpillar.

Walgreens and Caterpillar are also exploring, through Walgreens Complete Care and Well-Being program, other ways to develop an integrated health care and pharmacy program. The Complete Care and Well-Being program combines worksite health centers, in-store clinics and pharmacies with the discount drug offering

By leveraging its resources, Walgreens is positioning itself along the frontlines of the healthcare and sending the message that retail pharmacy is helping to drive healthcare reform and is a critical player in improving employees’ health and well-being.

As previously mentioned by Drug Store News, the more the private sector leads the way on this, the more likely that reform will work for them, as well as the rest of America.

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Neosporin expands with lip care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Neosporin, a Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos. brand, is diving into the dry lip segment with the launch of its new Neosporin Lip Health daily hydration therapy and Neosporin Lip Health overnight renewal therapy.

The new products, which are shipping now, will join a portfolio of existing Neosporin products, including Neosporin LT Lip Treatment for the treatment of cold sores and severely dry chapped lips.

The new lip products are clinically shown to restore visibly healthier lips in three days, according to the company.

Neosporin Lip Health daily hydration therapy contains SPF 20 to protect lips from sunburn and both formulas feature a patented combination of lipids and antioxidants to soften and smooth lips. Peptides, vitamins and emollients also help to nourish and strengthen lips over time.

Both products have a suggested retail price of $4.99.

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