NeilMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. President Nina Mehta announced today that NeilMed is donating $2 million worth (200,000 units) of its all natural, over-the-counter Sinus Rinse and NasoGel products to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations in the Middle East. Ms. Mehta said NeilMed products will help servicemen and women serving in dry, dusty areas to soothe and hydrate their dry and irritated nasal passages in a drug-free manner. “These troops are putting their lives on the line for our safety and for our nation,” Ms. Mehta said. “We at NeilMed are happy to have a way to help them and to express our appreciation for their service.”
NeilMed has teamed up with the University of North Carolina’s Department of Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) to ship 100,000 units of its Sinus Rinse Kit and 100,000 units of NasoGel Spray for Dry Noses to the troops. NeilMed’s donation was initiated by University of North Carolina nurse Katie Sams. Her husband, Alex, was suffering from nasal congestion and irritation while serving as a U.S. Army Specialist in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Sams asked Dr. Brent Senior, UNC professor of otolaryngology and chief of the Division of Rhinology, Allergy and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, about sending NeilMed Sinus Rinse samples to her husband and his fellow soldiers. Dr. Brent contacted NeilMed Founder and CEO Ketan Mehta, MD, at NeilMed, and together they arranged for NeilMed’s donation. NeilMed is shipping its products directly to the troops from its manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa, Calif.
“For people serving in the military who are exposed to particulate matter in sand and whose nasal passages are often dry, Sinus Rinse and NasoGel are perfect options for keeping their noses clean, moist and clear and keeping themselves healthy so they are able to work to the best of their ability without any of the side effects of drugs,” Dr. Senior said.
NeilMed is the largest manufacturer and supplier of over-the-counter large volume saline nasal irrigation systems in the world. Its products, which are used to treat nasal mucus, colds, allergies, postnasal drip and nasal dryness, are sold by supermarkets, drug stores, big-box clubs and general merchandisers throughout the U.S. They are also available worldwide in several countries on all continents.
Nina Mehta said, "NeilMed is happy to donate its products to people and organizations in need. We are fortunate to have achieved success and it gives us great satisfaction and a sense of pride to be able to help others. We will do same for the fire fighters as they get lots of smoke and fume exposure." Dr. Mehta announced that anyone who has relatives or friends in the armed forces or fire departments, please free to contact the company and NeilMed will be happy to ship out the products for use by active military and active fire fighters.