State Policies Can Reduce Alcohol-Related Murders

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 — Taxes, sales restrictions and other policies aimed at alcohol control appear to reduce the likelihood that murders and other violent crimes will be alcohol-related, according to a new study. The researchers, from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University, investigated whether alcohol policies had an impact on murders involving people …

RPS in Wales to focus on palliative and end-of-life care and NHS 111

Source: Shutterstock.com Palliative and end-of-life care will be a major focus for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales during the next year, Susanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board has said Palliative and end-of-life care will be a major focus for the Royal Pharmaceutical (RPS) Society in Wales during the next year, Susanne Scott-Thomas, …

Nature's Bounty names long-time OTC consumer vet to the helm

NEW YORK — Nature’s Bounty on Thursday announced the closing of the transaction with global investment firm, KKR, which is now the majority owner of Nature’s Bounty. Effective upon the transaction close, consumer healthcare veteran Paul Sturman will assume the role of CEO Nature’s Bounty. Sturman succeeds Steve Cahillane, who is stepping down to pursue another …

Glucose Monitoring System Eliminates Need for Finger Pricks

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 — The FreeStyle Flash Glucose Monitoring System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the first sanctioned device to monitor blood sugar in adult diabetics without the need for a finger prick. “This system allows people with diabetes to avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration, …

RPS director for Scotland says closure of Scotland’s busiest needle exchange 'beggars belief'

Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Alex MacKinnon, Royal Pharmaceutical Society director for Scotland, said that the closure of Scotland’s busiest needle exchange service was a decision that beggared belief The closure of Scotland’s busiest needle exchange service has been described by Alex MacKinnon, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) director for Scotland, as a decision that “frankly beggars …

Vaginal Bacteria Tied to Heightened Chlamydia Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 — Certain bacteria found in the vagina may increase a woman’s risk for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia. That’s the finding from a new observational study in the Netherlands. Researchers examined the composition of vagina bacteria in 122 healthy young women between the ages of 16 and 29, using vaginal swabs …

Community pharmacists can help highlight valproate risks, says PGEU

Source: shutterstock.com Pharmacists can help inform women about the risks of sodium valproate in pregnancy, says community pharmacist organisation, as new survey shows nearly 70% of women given the drug for epilepsy had not received new UK safety warnings about the dangers during pregnancy Community pharmacists could play an increased role in raising awareness about …

Oska Wellness adds two execs to C-suite, including COO and CFO

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Oska Wellness on Tuesday announced two key additions to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Mike Regan as COO and Gary Acord as CFO. “I’m delighted to announce that Mike and Gary are joining our team,” stated Greg Houlgate, CEO/president Oska Wellness. “We’re building great momentum here at Oska Wellness.  Mike …