Vicks Starry Night humidifier hits retail shelves
NEW YORK Kaz on Tuesday announced the launch of its Vicks Starry Night humidifier, a product that releases cool moisture into the air for temporary relief of congestion and coughs, and features a built-in, independently controlled projector so that parents have the option to turn off the lights once their child has fallen asleep without turning off the humidifier altogether.
With the Vicks Starry Night humidifier, parents will be able to create a virtual galaxy on their child’s bedroom ceiling.
Arecently released scientific white paper suggested humidifiers may play an important role in reducing the survival of the flu virus on both surfaces and in the air. The research suggested that homes kept between 40% and 60% relative humidity are likely to have fewer flu viruses lingering in the air and on such commonly touched surfaces as sink faucets, door handles and countertops.
Best used in medium-sized rooms, the Vicks Starry Night humidifier operates between 18 hours and 24 hours on a 1-gallon tank. The product’s built-in scent pad heater works with Vicks Soothing Vapors VapoPads.
The Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture humidifier (V3700) has a suggested retail price of $54.99, and currently is available through Toys"R"Us, Kmart, Walgreens and on Amazon.com.
K-V to ship first product since 2009 manufacturing problems
ST. LOUIS Starting Monday, K-V Pharmaceutical will ship its first product since it withdrew several products in 2008 and 2009 due to manufacturing problems, the drug maker said.
K-V said the Food and Drug Administration had given it approval to ship its Micro-K potassium chloride product following the completion of inspections of its manufacturing plant.
Ethex, K-V’s generic drug marketing and distribution division, pled guilty in February to two felony counts of failing to file alerts to inform regulators of manufacturing problems in 2008, and agreed to pay $27.6 million to the federal government to resolve the investigation. The settlement allowed K-V to continue manufacturing drugs once it had regained compliance with the FDA’s current good manufacturing practices regulations.
In March 2009, the FDA filed an injunction against K-V to prevent it from making or distributing adulterated and unapproved drugs, and forced the company to destroy the drugs it had recalled, forbidding it from resuming manufacturing until it had been brought back into compliance with regulations.
“Today marks a significant milestone in our efforts to restore business operations at K-V,” interim president and CEO Greg Divis stated. “The successful FDA inspection of our facilities and approval of our return to market demonstrates our hard work and commitment to meeting and sustaining current good manufacturing practices requirements.”
CDC issues report on breast-feeding among mothers
ATLANTA Three-out-of-4 new moms initiate breast-feeding, according to the “2010 Breast-feeding Report Card” released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, only 43% of babies are still being breast-fed at 6 months of age.
“Meeting the national breast-feeding initiation goal is a great accomplishment in women’s and children’s health, but we have more work ahead,” stated William Dietz, director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. “We need to direct even more effort toward making sure mothers have the support they need in hospitals, workplaces and communities to continue breast-feeding beyond the first few days of life, so they can make it to those 6- and 12-month marks.”
State by state breast-feeding initiation rates ranged from 52.5% in Mississippi to nearly 90% in Utah.
While initiation rates steadily have risen, the number of babies who continue breast-feeding until 6 months and 12 months remains stagnant for the third consecutive year. Only 43% (1.8 million) are still breast-feeding at 6 months, and only 22% (fewer than 1 million) are breast-feeding at 12 months. National Healthy People 2010 objectives call for 50% of new mothers to continue breast-feeding for 6 months and 25% to continue for one year.
Breast-feeding at 6 months of age ranged from over 62% in Oregon to about 20% in Louisiana. Breast-feeding at 12 months ranged from nearly 40% in Oregon and Vermont to 8% in Mississippi.