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RediClinic wants patients to ‘kick butts’ with new program

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON RediClinic is looking to help patients kick the habit by offering a new smoking-cessation program that offers two customizable treatment plans, as well as the option for patients to begin by testing their “real” lung age.

“With RediClinic’s Stop Smoking for Good program, Houston and Austin residents finally have easy access to an effective and affordable program that is administered by trained healthcare professionals and customized for each patient’s individual needs,” stated Web Golinkin, CEO of RediClinic.

The program, available at all 21 locations in Austin and Houston, includes four visits within a three-month period, with additional visits scheduled as needed. During the first visit, the clinician works with patients to determine whether a nicotine replacement or non-nicotine plan is likely to be most successful.

Individuals on the nicotine replacement plan receive a customized program that incorporates the use of aides such as the nicotine patch or gum, as well as OTC medicines to help overcome the addition. Those who opt for the non-nicotine plan receive a customized and closely monitored program that includes prescription drugs that have been clinically proven to double a person?s likelihood of quitting, the company stated.

A spirometry test is recommended for all patients beginning the programs, as it helps identify the “real” age of their lungs and gives patients and their clinicians another benchmark that can be used to measure the success of the programs.

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Asteres to debut new automated pharmacy kiosk at NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO A company that makes automated pharmacy kiosks plans to unveil its latest products at an upcoming conference.

Asteres, which makes the ScriptCenter kiosk, announced this week that it would debut ScriptCenter 24/7 Automated Pharmacy Services at the 2009 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston, which begins Saturday.

“To date, ScriptCenter has enabled retailers to reduce pharmacy hours and increase customer services,” Asteres CEO Mark de Bruin said in a statement. “The addition of 24/7 Automated Pharmacy Services will expand customer engagement opportunities and drive incremental store sales leveraging kiosk, online and cell technologies.”

The services include the Express Prescription Pickup, Prescription Drop Off Anytime, one-touch pickup for families, ScriptCenter.com and others.

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Sciele Pharma announces availability of head lice treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A new drug for treating head lice has become available from a subsidiary of a Japanese drug company.

Sciele Pharma, part of Shionogi, announced this week the availability of Ulesfia (benzyl alcohol lotion 5%). The medication kills head lice by asphyxiation without potential neurotoxic side effects, the company said.

Head lice infestation affects 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 12 every year. To breathe, head lice use breathing holes that close upon contact with most liquids, which allows them to go into suspended animation and survive for hours without respiration, but Ulesfia prevents them from closing their breathing holes, causing the insects to asphyxiate.

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