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Water-Jel plans to build burn care at retail; Herb Baer to lead efforts

BY Michael Johnsen

CARLSTADT, N.J. — Water-Jel Technologies last month named Herb Baer to the post of EVP North America. Well-known among military and industrial users, the company plans to expand first-degree burn aftercare at retail in the coming year, Baer told Drug Store News.

The company recently launched Burn Jel Plus, a thick gel that salves minor burn injuries containing vitamin E, tea tree oil and 2.5% lidocaine, into the consumer market.

Three more burn treatment products will be launched in the coming year, Baer said. That includes Water-Jel Burn Dressings, a gel-soaked dressing for larger skin surfaces; Water-Jel Unburn, a sunburn aftercare solution; and Muscle Jel, a topical analgesic already in use across several professional markets. The company also has contract manufacturing capabilities across a range of first-aid products, Baer added.

Baer joined Water-Jel from Fuji Film in 2008 as VP marketing, and was later promoted to SVP and chief marketing and sales officer.

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Study: No evidence to support off-label prescribing of atypical antipsychotics

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found little evidence to support the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs for uses other than those for which they have official approval.

The report, published in the Sept. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that though atypical antipsychotic medications are effective in treating schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and sometimes depression, there was no evidence that they could be used to treat substance abuse problems, eating disorders or insomnia. The report is an update of a report from 2007 that found some evidence that atypical antipsychotics could work for such conditions as dementia, anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

"While atypical antipsychotic medications are not for everyone, many patients who suffer from psychiatric conditions have found these drugs to be very helpful," AHRQ director Carolyn Clancy said. "However, their off-label use, while in some cases beneficial, is of concern because we just don’t know enough about their effectiveness and safety for multiple behavioral conditions."

The Food and Drug Administration has approved nine atypical antipsychotics, including AstraZeneca’s Seroquel (quetiapine), Johnson & Johnson’s Risperdal (risperidone) and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s and Otsuka’s Abilify (aripiprazole).

 


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Sanofi supports flu shot awareness program targeting seniors

BY Michael Johnsen

ORLANDO, Fla. — Sanofi Pasteur on Wednesday launched an awareness campaign to inform Florida residents ages 65 years and older about the importance of influenza protection and the key role vaccination plays in helping to improve the body’s immune response against the virus.

Adults 65 years of age and older typically are the hardest hit by influenza. This new program, called Influenza Immunization for You, urges older adults to talk to their healthcare provider about vaccine options. Florida Hospital Medical Group is spearheading the initiative in the region.

"The new initiative is specially timed to occur throughout September — the time when many older adults often visit their healthcare providers to receive their annual influenza vaccination," stated Justin Menezes, a spokesman for the Orlando Family Medicine of Florida Hospital Medical Group. "We want residents 65 years of age and older to know there is a flu shot made just for them, in addition to the standard influenza vaccine."

Persons ages 65 years and older account for more than 60% of the estimated 226,000 flu-related hospitalizations in the United States. Further, about 90% of flu-related deaths that occur each year in the United States occur in this age group.

With more than 100 physician practice locations and 35 medical specialties, Florida Hospital Medical Group is Central Florida’s largest multispecialty practice, caring for nearly one million patients a year. The Medical Group’s more-than-250 physicians are affiliated with Florida Hospital — one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country.


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