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Zocor (simvastatin): Label Change - New Restrictions, Contraindications, and Dose Limitations
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Friday, 10 June 2011 16:48
Simvastatin sold under the brand-name Zocor, as a single-ingredient generic product, and sold in combination with ezetimibe as Vytorin and in combination with niacin as Simcor

medwatchAUDIENCE: Family Practice, Cardiology, Pharmacy

ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals that it is recommending limiting the use of the highest approved dose of the cholesterol-lowering medication simvastatin (80 mg) because of increased risk of muscle damage. Patients taking simvastatin 80 mg daily have an increased risk of myopathy compared to patients taking lower doses of this drug or other drugs in the same class. This risk appears to be higher during the first year of treatment, is often the result of interactions with certain medicines, and is frequently associated with a genetic predisposition toward simvastatin-related myopathy. The most serious form of myopathy, called rhabdomyolysis, can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney failure which can be fatal. FDA is requiring changes to the simvastatin label to add new contraindications (should not be used with certain medications) and dose limitations for using simvastatin with certain medicines.

BACKGROUND: The new changes to the drug labels for simvastatin-containing medicines are based on FDA's review of the Study of the Effectiveness of Additional Reductions in Cholesterol and Homocysteine (SEARCH) trial and other data described in the Agency's March 2010 Ongoing safety review of high-dose Zocor (simvastatin) and increased risk of muscle injury. Simvastatin 80 mg should be used only in patients who have been taking this dose for 12 months or more without evidence of muscle injury (myopathy).

RECOMMENDATION: Simvastatin 80 mg should not be started in new patients, including patients already taking lower doses of the drug.  

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events, side effects, or product quality problems related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Read the MedWatch safety alert, including links to the FDA Drug Safety Communication, Press Release, and Consumer Update, at:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm258384.htm

 
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Launches ‘Military Corner’
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Friday, 10 June 2011 16:32

foundationchiroprogresslogoWebsite Section Intended to Raise Awareness about Chiropractic and the Military

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – June 09, 2011The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness regarding the benefits of chiropractic care, has launched Military Corner, a subset to its F4CP Web site that is designed to provide exclusive educational information about chiropractic care and the military, specifically referencing the Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). 

soldierandflag“With a large percentage of eligible military personnel unable to reasonably access the chiropractic benefit, I applaud the Foundation for seizing the initiative to educate the public on the issues surrounding chiropractic care for our military veterans and active duty personnel,” says U.S. Army Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead (Ret.), spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “The new Military Corner allows each of us to understand the improvements being made to date and the challenges which lie ahead.” 

Military Corner provides in-depth and topical information including current care integration at military health facilities, policy and accessing rights, DOD/VA news, and the latest developments regarding chiropractic and the military. In addition, unique to the F4CP feature, guidelines are provided for both veterans and doctors of chiropractic about referrals, gaining access to care, even if initially denied, and how to help further care integration or attain employment within military health facilities.

“Chiropractic services are a part of the standard medical benefits package available to all veterans, and this corner will help inform those entitled,” says Halstead. “Most importantly, Military Corner reinforces how much the Foundation cares about chiropractic care for our military and, to that, I say ‘HOOAH’ and ‘thank you for caring!’”

About The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress informs and educates the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit us on the web at www.yes2chiropractic.com or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).

 
DOUGLAS LABORATORIES ANNOUNCES E-ADVISORY BOARD™
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Friday, 10 June 2011 16:14

douglaselogoProfessional Insight Helps Accommodate the Nutraceutical Needs of Patients and Practices

PITTSBURGH, PA – Douglas Laboratories, a worldwide leader in the nutritional supplement industry, announces the creation of its E-Advisory Board™. This initiative enables participants to communicate their ideas and opinions that serve as valuable feedback to Douglas Laboratories for the development of new products, programs and innovations.

“Douglas Laboratories is a trusted brand to our customers, and they are a trusted source to us for professional insight that helps our company better accommodate the nutraceutical needs of their patients and practice,” said Doug Lioon, Founder of Douglas Laboratories.

The E-Advisory Board program is exclusive to Douglas Laboratories customers who are licensed health care practitioners. Members will receive through e-mail a monthly survey or questionnaire asking their perspectives on neutraceutical ingredients and interest for their practice.

For information on how to participate in Douglas Laboratories E-Advisory Board, please contact Kristi Kordella, R.D., Director of Product Development and Clinical Education at 412.722.0439 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


ABOUT DOUGLAS LABORATORIES
Subsidiary of Atrium Innovations Inc. [TSX: ATB], Douglas Laboratories, the trusted choice of thousands of healthcare professionals for over 50 years, is at the forefront of the nutritional health industry, proudly researching, developing and manufacturing superior quality, science-based supplements that help people improve their health. Recognized throughout the industry for its uncompromising operational practices at its state-of-the-art, GMP-compliant manufacturing facilities. Douglas Laboratories continues to provide the added insurance of multiple domestic and international GMP certifications, including ISO-9001 Certification and ISO-17025 Accreditation for in-house laboratories, as well as NSF International Registration. Douglas Laboratories currently offers over 600 branded products, introducing new products on a continuous basis. Working with an experienced research staff of PhDs and a prestigious medical advisory board, Douglas Laboratories is committed to bringing innovative, science-based products to the marketplace. Douglas Laboratories distributes worldwide, with its headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. For additional information, please visit www.douglaslabs.com.

ABOUT ATRIUM INNOVATIONS (TSX: ATB)
Atrium Innovations Inc. is a globally recognized leader in the innovation, formulation, production and commercialization of science-based and professionally endorsed products for the health & nutrition industry. The Company focuses primarily on growing segments of the health and nutrition markets, which are benefiting from the trends towards healthy living and the ageing of the population. Atrium markets a broad portfolio of finished products through its highly specialized sales and marketing network in more than 35 countries, primarily in North America and Europe. Atrium has over 925 employees and operates seven manufacturing facilities. Additional information about Atrium is available on its website at www.atrium-innovations.com.

 
Standard Process Inc. Participates in 2nd Annual Conference on Combat Trauma and Addiction
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 18:17

standardprocesslogoPALMYRA, Wis. (June 7, 2011) — Whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process Inc. took a leadership role in the “She’s Back, But She’s Not the Same” conference held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas May 25 and 26. The 2nd Annual Conference on Combat Trauma and Addiction focused on seeking solutions to the common problems that returning female veterans face when returning home from service. The problems include post-traumatic stress and mental health disorders, substance use disorders, military sexual trauma, family dynamics, homelessness, and physical health issues.

Standard Process sponsored three of the speakers on the physical health panel to help educate the audience on alternative care options. “The Physical Health panel provided practical solutions, and, most importantly, it inspired hope that there is something our veterans can do to improve their lives,” said Conference Chairwoman Judi Kosterman, Ph.D. “Our attendees were absolutely passionate about this panel and the actionable information the speakers provided!”

femaleveteranLynn Lafferty, PharmD, ND, who presented a case on a young veteran female officer with post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adrenal fatigue was encouraged by the participants’ response. “Many participants stated they did not know about whole food supplements and the role of food in their health,” said Lafferty. “Several told me that the panel discussion motivated them to seek health care professionals trained in Standard Process products to help them with their health issues.”

Carol Ann Malizia, DC, another panelist said, “The heaviness of the staggering issues of combat traumas, scars seen and unseen, was balanced by the enthusiasm and hope that the solution-oriented panel provided with whole food nutrition at the center of the solution.”

The panel was moderated by retired Brig. Gen. Rebecca Halstead, an advocate for chiropractic and whole food nutrition, who was also the capstone luncheon speaker. Halstead shared her personal experiences with the physical health challenges that she endured while serving in the U.S. Army, and she attested how chiropractic and whole food nutrition helped her. “Some families like to solve their problems within the family rather than seeking outside resources for help,” Halstead said. “For us, the Department of Defense is our family, and we’re naturally inclined to work within this family for help. It’s time to harness the power of outside resources and look for alternative solutions. I use Standard Process products daily because they work, and I have a renewed quality of life to prove it!”

Standard Process manufactures whole food supplements, sold through health care professionals, to provide specific, nutritional support for patients. Whole food ingredients grown on Standard Process’ company-owned, certified organic farm are used in the company’s supplements.

For additional information about Standard Process’ organic farming practices and whole food supplements, visit www.standardprocess.com.

 

About Standard Process Inc.

For more than 80 years, Standard Process, headquartered in Palmyra, Wis., has provided health care professionals with high-quality, nutritional whole food supplements. Standard Process offers more than 300 products through three product lines: Standard Process whole food supplements, Standard Process Veterinary Formulas and MediHerb herbal supplements. The products are available only through health care professionals.

Standard Process is involved in every step of production. The company grows crops on company-owned, organically certified farmland, utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, and employs the highest quality control standards. Standard Process strictly adheres to the Food and Drug Administration’s good manufacturing practice requirements. Through these measures, Standard Process can ensure that its products are of the utmost quality and potency. Standard Process was recently named a Top 100 Workplace in Southeastern Wisconsin.

For additional information about Standard Process, visit www.standardprocess.com.

 
Palmer Men’s Rugby Team Places Third in USA Rugby Final Four Championship
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 14:24

rugbypalmerchiroThe Palmer College of Chiropractic Rugby Football Club claimed third place overall by beating the Boston Irish Wolfhounds 50-14 in the consolation round of the USA Men’s Division 1 Rugby Championship in Glendale, Colo., on Sunday, June 5. This is the first time Palmer has finished higher than fourth place in the USA Men’s Division 1 national tournament.

“I want to congratulate our nationally recognized Palmer Rugby team on their strong showing this weekend,” said Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., who traveled with his family to Glendale to watch the team compete. “Not only is it exciting to watch these players demonstrate the passion they have for the sport, it is equally impressive to see these men showcase their Palmer Pride.”

The Palmer ruggers lost to Olympic Club 41-29 in a hard-fought semi-final match on Saturday, June 4. All tournament results can be found at www.usarugby.org.

The 2011 squad is the first Palmer team to qualify for the final four in this tournament in back-to-back years, and is the first team to finish third overall. With many players set to return next year, the Palmer team has high hopes for the 2012 season.

 
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