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08/15/2022

BioFilm intros wellness brand BioShell 

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BioFilm , the makers of Astroglide personal lubricants, is introducing its newest wellness brand, BioShell.

The brand’s debut product, BioShell Germ Defense for Your Mouth, is being touted as a simple, revolutionary, pocket-sized oral antiseptic. The company said that the product guards against infection by coating the throat and mouth with a thin, invisible antibacterial film that traps most germs before they have a chance to make you sick.

“The take-anywhere bottle is the perfect companion for travel, days in the office, large gatherings or events, and more. To use, simply spray BioShell Germ Defense in your mouth one to three times before entering crowded situations like planes, trains, concerts and meetings. It can be used up to three times a day for up to seven days,” BioFilm said. 

“Today’s consumers are looking for uncomplicated ways to be and stay healthy,” said Lisa O’Carroll, BioFilm CEO. “So we took our 30-plus years of experience making quality wellness products and dedicated ourselves to introducing easy-to-use, powerfully effective illness prevention products that are designed with modern lifestyles in mind, making wellness simple for consumers every single day.” 

BioShell Germ Defense for Your Mouth is suitable for ages 12 years old and older. It is available for purchase on Amazon and will be in the cough-cold and flu section of local drug stores and pharmacies later this year, the company said.

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08/15/2022

NCPA's 2022 Annual Convention announces keynote speakers

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With the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2022 Annual Convention approaching, the organization is highlighting some of the speakers who will address attendees of the in-person event taking place Oct. 1 to 4 in Kansas City, Mo.

With the theme of the convention, “Team Up! Where Teamwork Makes It All Work,” NCPA shared that Mike Abrashoff, former commander of the USS Benfold and author of three books, is scheduled to speak during the first general session on Oct. 2.

Abrashoff was the most-junior officer in the Pacific Fleet when he took command of the near-worst performing ship. Twelve months later, the USS Benfold was the best ship in the entire Navy, using the same crew. The story of that stunning transformation has lessons for every organization: leadership matters and culture is everything. He offers clear, battle-tested and actionable steps, and shows people at every level of an organization how to engage and take incremental steps that can make a dramatic difference.

“I didn’t turn the ship around — my crew did that,” he said. “What I did was to create an environment where they felt safe, empowered and supported. When you do that, anything is possible.”

Will Flanary is scheduled to speak during the second general session on Oct. 3. Flanary is an ophthalmologist and comedian, who moonlights in his free time as “Dr. Glaucomflecken” on social media to an audience of over 2.5 million.

Effortlessly blending observational medical humor with biting satire, he has spent years entertaining healthcare professionals on a variety of topics, including the horrors of health insurance. He has a passion for bringing humor to health care and is a frequent keynote speaker to audiences across all of medicine. One of his latest bits skewers massive pharmacy benefit managers, the healthcare middlemen often condemned by independent pharmacists and many others.

For more information and to register, click here.

08/12/2022

NCPA president joins Sen. Wyden, CMS administrator, others for pharmacy visit in Eugene, Ore.

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Michele Belcher, president of the National Community Pharmacists Association and owner of Grants Pass Pharmacy in Grants Pass, Ore., recently joined Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure at River Road Health Mart Pharmacy in Eugene.

Also present was Brian Marr, owner of River Road Health Mart Pharmacy; Roberto Linares, part-time pharmacist from Rice’s Pharmacy in Corvallis and full-time instructor at the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University; and John and Ann Murray, owners of Murray Drug, which has locations in Heppner, Condon and Boardman.

The group discussed efforts to combat high prescription drug prices, protecting small business independent pharmacies and preserving access for the patients they serve.

[Read more: NCPA, 207 stakeholders support bipartisan Senate bill empowering FTC action against PBMs]

Belcher said that NCPA is grateful to policymakers for advancing policies to end retroactive clawbacks. On behalf of the organization, she thanked Wyden for his efforts to have the Federal Trade Commission conduct a study of pharmacy benefit managers.

Belcher expressed concern that PBMs will continue to ratchet down pharmacy reimbursement and urged Wyden to support the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act (S. 4293), which would give the FTC greater authority to hold PBMs accountable for unfair and deceptive practices that drive up the costs of drugs at the expense of consumers. She also recommended that Brooks-LaSure and the Biden administration extend the various flexibilities (diagnostics, treatments and vaccines, etc.) afforded to pharmacists by the COVID-19 public health emergency after it ends.

“Local pharmacies like mine and others represented at this discussion are an important part of the national healthcare infrastructure; we are a safety net to many patients,” Belcher said.

[Read more: NCPA survey: Three-quarters of community pharmacies report staff shortages]

“At the urging of NCPA and so many others, policymakers are taking steps toward fixing the broken prescription drug payment model, but there’s more to be done to foster successful pharmacies and healthier, happier patients,” she said. “We appreciate working with Sen. Wyden and administrator Brooks-LaSure on accomplishing these goals and supporting the pharmacist-provided services that have proven so essential to the health of our country.”

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08/12/2022

Luster's Pink launches Comfort Oil Scalp Serum, updates look for hair lotion, glosser

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Luster Products has expanded its Luster's Pink product range with the launch of a Comfort Oil scalp serum.

A manufacturer of premium personal care products, Luster Products also unveiled an updated look for its classic Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion and Glosser.

The Lusters Pink Comfort Oil scalp serum is formulated with a combination of natural oils and botanical extracts that soothes and calms dry, itchy scalps with a comforting tingle. It also delivers shine to dry, dull hair, the company said.

[Read more: Luster’s Pink replenishes moisture to tresses between washes]

With the introduction of our Comfort Oil, we wanted to address common concerns we hear from consumers about the various scalp conditions they experience while wearing different looks; especially, protective styles such as braids, wigs or sew-in weaves, which can put extra tension on the scalp and increase the chance for build-up, dryness and irritation, said Resa Luster-Mac, senior brand manager and third generation Luster executive at Luster Products. Our new Comfort Oil scalp serum will help to relieve and alleviate some of these scalp challenges from the very first use.

The Comfort Oil joins Lusters Pink Natural Oil Blends collection, which also includes its Lush Growth Oil and Trueshine Oil Mist.

Lusters Pink Comfort Oil is a soothing scalp serum that provides a comforting tingling sensation that calms scalp irritation and itchiness, relieves tension and lubricates dry scalp and helps to prevent flaking. It can be used daily for all hair types and styles and is safe for color-treated hair, the company noted.

[Read more: REX Awards 2022: Beauty]

The Comfort Oil is formulated with peppermint oil, lavender oil, camphor, aloe vera, clary sage oil, rosemary oil and more.

Our Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion, affectionately called Pink Lotion for short by our most supportive fans, and our Glosser have served multiple generations of consumers for more than 50 years, Luster-Mac said. This packaging update maintains classic characteristics of the original product, including their iconic formulas, while also adding subtle design elements that we hope will delight both existing and new consumers earning us a permanent spot in their beauty stash.

Lusters Pink Original Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion moisturizes extra dry hair and scalp. Fortified with vitamin E and provitamin B5, it nourishes, softens, smooths, boosts shine and improves the appearance of damaged hair. It eases combing, helping to minimize breakage and retain length.

[Read more: Beauty’s changing needs: Hair care brands step up to address aging hair and scalp concerns]

Luster's Pink Glosser is a frizz-fighting finishing mist that delivers pure shine and smoothness to any style. It contains a blend of natural emollients, botanical extracts and vitamin E that revitalizes dull hair, leaving it silky with no buildup. The Glosser is formulated with aloe vera, shea butter, jojoba oil and Vitamin E.

Luster's Pink Comfort Oil is currently available exclusively on LusterProducts.com.

Luster's Pink Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion and Glosser are available on LusterProducts.com and at Walmart, Family Dollar, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Sally Beauty and beauty supply stores nationwide.

08/12/2022

Roche obtains FDA nod for new indication of Xofluza

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved Roche’s Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in otherwise healthy children aged 5 years old to less than 12 years old who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.

This marks the first single dose oral influenza medicine approved for children in this age group. Additionally, the FDA-approved Xofluza for the prevention (post-exposure prophylaxis) of influenza in children aged 5 years old to less than 12 years old following contact with someone with influenza.

“Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, influenza continues to be a threat to public health, and effective influenza antivirals remain critical to alleviating the burden on healthcare systems,” said Levi Garraway, Roche’s chief medical officer and head of global product development. “Xofluza has proven to be an important tool in fighting and preventing influenza in adults as well as adolescents, and we are pleased to now offer households and younger children our single-dose oral treatment.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza can be a serious illness for young children. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there have been significantly fewer influenza cases, likely due in large part to social distancing and mask wearing. However, in the 2018-2019 influenza season, there were more than 6 million illnesses, thousands of hospitalizations and over 100 deaths among children aged 5 to 17 years old caused by influenza, Roche said.

“Historically, school-aged children have played a significant role in the community transmission of influenza. The annual influenza vaccine continues to be the most important first step to prevent illness in children, though there can still be breakthrough cases where antiviral treatment is needed,” said Pedro Piedra, miniSTONE-2 study investigator and professor of molecular virology, microbiology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. “Today’s FDA approval provides children with a single-dose antiviral option, Xofluza, to treat influenza.”

Xofluza already is FDA approved to treat influenza in people aged 12 years old and older who have had influenza symptoms for no more than 48 hours and who are otherwise healthy or at high risk of developing influenza-related complications.

Xofluza also is approved to prevent influenza in people aged 12 years old and older, following contact with someone with influenza (known as post-exposure prophylaxis).

08/11/2022

Skyn debuts new line of personal massagers

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LifeStyles Healthcare's Skyn brand is launching nine new personal massagers: Caress, Dual Ring, Tune, Arch, Bow, Wave, Rouse, Tremble and Charm.

"At Skyn, we believe that the journey to pleasure is endless and ever-evolving. We also believe that intimate experience is about more than just feeling good. It's about choice," said M'lou Walker, CEO of LifeStyles Healthcare. "We aim to offer our consumers as much choice as possible along their sexual journey. We see substantial opportunity to do this within the personal massage category, and we're excited to say that these nine new additions to the Skyn lineup are just the start of the expansion for us."

The lineup of new massagers includes:

  • Caress: Ultra-soft tulip-shaped tip mimics the feeling of oral stimulation, enhanced by a velvety soft silicone finish. This device's 10 audibly discreet vibrating modes are designed for all sensitivities. It is made to fit in the palm of the hand with an illuminated panel for use in the dark. It's hypoallergenic, USB rechargeable and water resistant;
  • Dual Ring: Ideal for an enhanced experience with a partner, this device marries a finger vibrator and stimulating ring with an ultra-soft silicone finish for heightened sensation. Featuring three vibrating modes, it is compact yet powerful, and has an illuminated control panel. It is hypoallergenic, USB rechargeable and water resistant;
  • Tune: Miniature vibrating wand with a flexible head that concentrates powerful vibrations exactly where they're needed. Easy to clean with mild soap and water, this device is water resistant, and features 10 vibration patterns for maximum pleasure. Vibrations last up to 60 minutes on full charge;
  • Arch: A uniquely shaped G-spot vibrator with a curved, flexible head that provides endless opportunities for sensual satisfaction. Perfect for on-the-go usage, this device slips easily in a purse or pocket for discretion. Ultra-soft silicone finish is water resistant and easy to clean;
  • Bow: A curved vibrating massager featuring contoured textures. It is water resistant, with an easy-open, twist-off design for quick battery insertion. This device offers seven different vibration modes, lasting up to 50 minutes on full charge;
  • Wave: Suitable for solo or partner play, this tongue-shaped flickering clitoral stimulator that fits in the palm of the hand gives intense waves of vibration. It features 10 different vibration patterns and an illuminated on/off switch for use in the dark. It is hypoallergenic, USB rechargeable and water resistant;
  • Rouse: Remote-controlled with 10 different vibration modes, this massager operates as a Kegel trainer. It features an ultra-soft silicone finish, is USB rechargeable and water resistant;
  • Tremble: A pocket-sized and portable massager that fits in the palm of the hand. It includes a remote control, perfect for partner play as well as 10 different vibrating modes. It is USB rechargeable and water resistant; and
  • Charm: A discreet, yet powerful finger massager featuring a ribbed texture for intense stimulation. Battery-powered, vibrations last up to 50 minutes with a full battery.