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GSK brings relief to Allergic Rhinitis patients in Sri Lanka

‘Avamys,’ an improved solution to allergic rhinitis with a remarkable record in combating this common condition associated with irritating symptoms mainly in the eyes and the nose, has been launched in Sri Lanka by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company said.

Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages that results in repetitive sneezing, rhinorrhea (runny nose), post-nasal drip, nasal congestion, pruritic (itchy) eyes, nose or throat, and generalised fatigue. Symptoms can also include wheezing, tearing, sore throat, and impaired smell.

This condition, which studies have shown to cause a substantial reduction in the quality of life of patients, can come about as a reaction to numerous allergens including dust mites, mould, animal dander, cockroaches and tree and grass pollens, GSK said.

A new intranasal steroid containing fluticasone furoate, Avamys in the form of a nasal spray has successfully reduced both nasal and ocular allergic rhinitis symptoms in over 70 per cent of the cases in trials, a significant improvement from other medications available at present.

Sri Lanka moves up the ranks in its Global Competitiveness Ranking

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said last week that Sri Lanka had moved up the ranks to 52 in 2011/12 in the Global Competitiveness Ranking of the World Economic Forum from 79 in 2009/10 and 62 in 2010/11. The current ranking is out of 142 countries.

The chamber said in a statement that it is important to note that the progress made in the area of infrastructure development has improved the ranking in infrastructure from 70 last year to 60 this year.
Inadequate infrastructure had been identified by the private sector as the third most important key impediment to doing business in Sri Lanka in 2006/07 Global Competitiveness Report but today the significance of this barrier has been pushed down to 8th place, it said.

Sri Lanka fared better than its South Asian neighbours in terms of overall performance, and is closing the gap it has with its East Asian neighbours, the chamber said adding that the rankings can be further improved with progress made in the macroeconomic environment with continuous efforts that is being taken by the Government.

Areas that have slipped down in the 2011/12 ranking include higher education and training and restrictiveness of labour regulations. The Chamber said it is optimistic that the Government will take necessary steps to address these issues in the future which will ‘undoubtedly’ improve the overall competitiveness of Sri Lanka and its ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index.

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