Pfizer OTC veteran assumes OTC franchise reins at Purdue Pharma

STAMFORD, Conn. — Purdue Pharma last week named Carrie Chomiak as the business lead for the company’s over-the-counter product franchise. Chomiak will have executive ownership for all OTC brands, which include the Betadine microbicide antiseptics, Slow-Mag magnesium chloride supplements, Senokot laxative and Colace stool softener product lines. “Carrie brings very strong sales and marketing leadership …

Communication training cuts antipsychotic use in nursing homes

Source: Shutterstock.com Researchers conclude that interventions focusing on the personhood of nursing home residents, rather than prescribing antipsychotics, could reduce use of the medications in dementia patients Antipsychotics continue to be prescribed to patients with dementia in nursing homes, despite concerns over side effects and limited efficacy. In research published in JAMA Internal Medicine[1] (online, …

Supermarket Wellness Watch: Hy-Vee covers all the bases in wellness

Customers seeking health-and-wellness support in Hy-Vee’s eight-state marketing area don’t have to work too hard to find the retailer and its solutions. On the contrary, Hy-Vee usually finds them. That’s because the West Des Moines, Iowa-based company has created a multi-level approach that nails customer health journeys. It figures out how to bring relevant solutions …

Seizure Control Eases Life for Young Adults With Epilepsy

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 — Young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy who remain seizure-free do as well as siblings without the disorder in education, employment, driving and independent living, a new study says. The 15-year study included 361 people in Connecticut with childhood-onset epilepsy and 173 of their brothers and sisters. Those with uncomplicated epilepsy who …

Cancer drugs fund did not provide meaningful value to patients, say researchers

Source: Shutterstock.com Some anti-cancer drugs provided under the Cancer Drugs Fund might have exposed some patients to unnecessary side effects, researchers have concluded The NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has not provided meaningful value to cancer patients and wider society and may have unnecessarily exposed patients to adverse drug reactions, according to a study published …

Type 2 Diabetes May Be Bad for Brain Health

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 — Previous research has linked type 2 diabetes and memory loss. Now, new research may be closing in on some of the reasons why. The study found that people with type 2 diabetes — particularly those who are overweight or obese — have thinner gray matter in several areas of the …