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Homeolab USA launches new homeopathic analgesic for kids

BY Michael Johnsen

BUFFALO, N.Y. Homeolab USA last week launched Kids Relief pain and fever, a new homeopathic analgesic formulated to help reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pains associated with cold, flu, headache, sore throat and toothache.

The liquid formula is sugar- and dye-free and is available in a cherry flavor.

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Lake Consumer Products acquires Consumer Choice Systems

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSON, Wis. Lake Consumer Products on Wednesday announced its purchase of Consumer Choice Systems. The acquisition adds two urinary tract infection products to Lake Consumer Products’ female health offering: a UTI home screening test and maximum-strength UTI relief tablets.

The company also will take over all private-label agreements Consumer Choice Systems currently has in place with retailers.

“We’re very excited about adding UTI products to our female health offering for the first time,” stated Mike Kermendy, VP marketing for Lake Consumer Products. “These items are a perfect fit and really help advance our commitment to offering women everywhere a well-rounded array of female health solutions.”

Both the UTI home screening test stick and the UTI relief maximum strength tablets will continue to be available under the existing Woman’s Wellbeing brand in the immediate future.

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Continua Health Alliance advocates eCare use at House subcommittee meeting

BY Michael Johnsen

BEAVERTON, Ore. The Continua Health Alliance last week testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health regarding the use of personal connected healthcare technologies to increase veteran access to quality health care.

Rick Cnossen, Continua president and chairman, advocated the use of eCare — a class of health information technologies that can facilitate any kind of virtual visit or electronic connectivity outside of traditional office visits — and personal connected healthcare devices that can provide lower-cost access to quality care.

“We are excited about Continua’s efforts to remove geographical barriers and provide efficient and affordable access to health care for veterans,” Cnossen said. “Personal connected health care offers many beneficial clinical capabilities, such as the ability to track vital signs and other important health data that can be shared with healthcare providers through secure systems on a regular basis, ultimately increasing the likelihood of catching health changes early and preventing illness. These are not currently available to the majority of rural-area veterans.”

Continua has made progress in the development of interoperable healthcare devices and services, but there still are barriers to integrating eCare into care plans, Cnossen noted. To ensure veterans and clinicians will receive full access to optimum health care, Continua recommended the House Committee on Veterans Affairs establish a federal organization focused on eCare, develop eCare payment reform, create blueprints for the use of eCare in states and communities, incorporate eCare as part of “meaningful use,” and make home broadband adoption for all Americans a top priority following recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. If they are implemented, the Alliance’s recommendations will help guide the transition and adoption of eCare, making it available to U.S. veterans.

Continua Health Alliance is working to implement a system of care that enables personal connected health with an in-home or mobile broadband device that assists providers in tracking and trending healthcare data. The alliance seeks to help the nation harness the benefits of this technology to allow healthcare consumers and providers to use real-world, remotely collected data to make more informed healthcare decisions on a continual basis. This model helps empower individuals in their care, and allows caregivers to intervene as needed for more effective and efficient care.

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