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NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Signs Distribution Agreement to Make Avenova Available in New Zealand PDF
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Friday, 18 September 2015

AvenovaNovaBay® Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company commercializing and developing topical non-antibiotic antimicrobial products for the global eye care market, recently announced that the company’s breakthrough prescription daily eyelid and lash hygiene product, Avenova™, will be marketed in New Zealand through a partnership with Ophthalmic Instrument Company. Ophthalmic Instrument Company (OIC) is a supplier of diagnostic and surgical products to the ophthalmology and optometry sectors in New Zealand.

"This new agreement is part of our strategy to make Avenova available around the world," said Ron Najafi, Ph.D., President and CEO of NovaBay. "We are already in China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Now, patients in New Zealand will be able to get the benefits of this important product."

Avenova is the only lid & lash product containing Neutrox. Neutrox is NovaBay’s proprietary pure hypochlorous acid without any sodium hypochlorite impurities. Hypochlorous acid is naturally produced by white blood cells to fight microbial invaders. Lab tests show that NovaBay’s proprietary formulation of hypochlorous acid is effective in solution both at killing microbes and at neutralizing the bacterial enzymes and toxins that contribute to common eye conditions like blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction and associated dry eye.

CPD Points At ODMA|2015 Approved For New Zealand PDF
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Monday, 02 February 2015

The comprehensive CPD education program being offered at ODMA|2015 has been approved by the Accreditation Committee of the New Zealand Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board for a total of 4 clinical diagnostic (CD) and 5 general credits.

The conference program will run concurrently with the ODMA|2015 exhibition, delivering a wide ranging program consisting of thirteen sessions in a one-day program taking place on the opening day (Friday July 3, 2015) of the ODMA|2015 exhibition. Early bird prices start from AU$299 for the entire program.

ODMA|2015 – the preeminent industry event for the Australia-Pacific optical community – will run from July 3 – 5, 2015 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank.

New Zealand Research Into Regenerative Medicine PDF
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Thursday, 02 May 2013

Viaduct Event CenterAssociate Professor Trevor Sherwin will be presenting a paper 'From stem cell to cornea – current research in New Zealand' this Friday at the New Zealand branch meeting of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

A/Prof Sherwin and his team from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland are developing highly defined 'spheres' of stem cells to restore the front surface of the eye following trauma such as chemical burns.

If successful, the research could lead to restoration of the limbus in patients affected by limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) and aims to determine if these stem cell spheres can allow the injured human cornea to regenerate itself and even respond positively to future injuries.

A/Prof Sherwin said, "The future lies in regenerative medicine with the ability to replace cells and tissues lost during disease progression, ultimately aiming to restore function back to pre-disease levels. Stem cell research is one of the main focal areas offering hope in the field of regenerative medicine and we are already using adult stem cells for repair in the eye. Further research will see our techniques improved and our range of treatments to restore vision expanded."

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Man Blinded By Vodka But Later Saved By Whisky PDF
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

WhiskyA 65-year-old New Zealand man from Taranaki suddenly went blind when the vodka he had been drinking reacted with his diabetes medication. He regained his sight only after hospital staff administered expensive whisky.

According to The New Zealand Harald:

"Mr Duthie, a catering tutor at New Plymouth's Western Institute of Technology, had been celebrating his parents' 50th wedding anniversary in June by having a few vodkas from a bottle his students had given him as a present. When he walked into a bedroom in his home everything suddenly went black. He thought he'd sleep it off, but the next morning he still couldn't see a thing, so went to Taranaki Base Hospital.

The doctor thought he might have formaldehyde poisoning, which is associated with ingesting methanol and can be treated by administering ethanol - the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. There wasn't enough medical ethanol available in the hospital, so the registrar nipped down to the local bottle store and picked up a bottle of whisky.

They dripped the whisky - which retails for about $55 a bottle - into his stomach through a tube, and hoped for the best. Auckland City Hospital intensive care medicine specialist Tony Smith said administering ethanol was a well-established treatment for methanol poisoning. It worked because the ethanol competed with the methanol and prevented it from being metabolised into harmful formaldehyde, which can cause blindness."

Specsavers Grows 30% in New Zealand PDF
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Thursday, 08 December 2011

SpecsaversSpecsavers claims to have grown its market share this year to more than 30 per cent in New Zealand, faster than in any other country. The company said in a media release that it had taken the country's number one spot in the optical market in February this year after just 26 months. Since then its market share has climbed from 26.2 per cent to more than 30 per cent. Specsavers has grown by 345 per cent overall since its began operations in New Zealand in 2008, the company claims, despite the impact of the global financial crisis and ''home-grown issues'' Kiwis faced in the year.

Graeme Edmond, Specsavers New Zealand's managing director, said the group was seeing ever-increasing numbers because it offered value and affordability in eye care without compromising on quality. "Our success here mirrors the business's global trend. Worldwide, Specsavers has grown every year since the first store was opened in the UK 26 years ago," he said.

Specsavers has 53 stores in New Zealand with stores co-owned and operated by professional local optometrists and dispensing opticians. The company expects to open between 55 and 60 stores before reaching market saturation.

Visique to Support Christchurch PDF
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Tuesday, 03 May 2011

VisiqueVisique will be raising funds for Christchurch throughout May. For every eye exam completed at participating locations this month, a NZ$2 donation will be given to the Christchurch Mayoral Fund.

In addition to the contribution from eye exams, Visique will also be petitioning for donations from their strategic suppliers. There will also be donation boxes placed in every practice to account for the goodwill of visitors. Visique are aiming for the overall contribution from eye exams, strategic partner, staff and client donations to be in excess of NZ$20,000.

Visique General Manager, Pete Campbell, says "As a New Zealand owned company, with practices throughout the country, including in Christchurch, we all felt it incredibly important to show our support to those affected. And we consider ourselves beyond fortunate that all of our staff made it through the earthquake safely. Most importantly, we recognize that Kiwis are a resilient bunch, and we know, that with the support of the nation behind them Christchurch will find the strength to rebuild."

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