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Innovia’s EarCheck helps moms monitor ear infections

BY Michael Johnsen

LENEXA, Kan. Innovia Medical’s introduction of its EarCheck middle ear monitor, which measures the presence of middle ear fluid (known among practitioners as otitis media with effusion) in children, is not only a one-of-a-kind product, but it’s a product that could save mom a trip to the doctor.

Home monitoring of middle ear fluid is important, according to Innovia, because common signs of ear infection, such as pain, fever or irritability, also can be signs of other ailments, especially in children. Knowing the likelihood of fluid in a child’s middle ear can help parents and practitioners rule an ear infection in or out. And if an ear infection is diagnosed, monitoring fluid levels can help determine if the ear infection is gone or not.

The unit retails for a suggested $49.99.

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Stiefel zaps acne segment with ‘leave-on’ treatment

BY Michael Johnsen

DULUTH, Ga. Stiefel Labs, a GlaxoSmithKline company, launched one of the first “leave-on” treatments for acne care, PanOxyl, as a line extension to the company’s acne-care bar and wash.

The formulation is not greasy as compared with spot treatments, and blends into the skin upon application. The new formulation delivers 10% Benzoyl Peroxide in a foam delivery.

In addition to consumer ad support, Stiefel will be fielding its 200-strong dedicated representatives to detail dermatologists.

Stiefel also introduced its Sensitive Sarna eczema itch relief kit, an all-in-one kit that includes a cleanse, itch relief and moisturizer.

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New directors elected to NACDS Foundation board

BY Drug Store News Team

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has elected three new directors to the board of the NACDS Foundation.

Jim VanLieshout, VP retail sales with Apotex; Alice Swearingen, VP channel development sales for GlaxoSmithKline; and Chris Dimos, president of pharmacy operations for Supervalu, will fill vacancies on the board, which consists of 22 members. 

“We are pleased to welcome the three new members to the NACDS Foundation board of directors,” said Edith Rosato, president of the NACDS Foundation.

“They will continue the strong representation on the board of chains and suppliers alike. We value their expertise, dedication and commitment to the industry, and we look forward to working together for the good of the public and the patients served by community pharmacy.”

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