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Abbott donates $1 million in Hurricane Sandy relief

BY Michael Johnsen

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, on Friday announced that $1 million in funding and product donations will be made to support relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy. The Abbott Fund grants will be provided to long-standing relief organization partners, including the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Direct Relief International and World Vets. 

Abbott product donations have been made to Direct Relief International and Feeding America.

Abbott product donations were provided to food banks and free clinics in states along the East Coast, including New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Earlier this year, Abbott worked with Feeding America and Direct Relief International to strategically pre-position "disaster relief packs" containing nutritional and medical products in coastal communities at high risk of hurricanes, the company stated. Abbott donations for the packs include adult and pediatric nutritional products and rehydration solutions provided to food banks through Feeding America, and nutritional products, medicine and diabetes care products provided to free clinics through Direct Relief International. 

"Our thoughts are with the many people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy," stated John Thomas, VP investor relations and public affairs for Abbott and president for the Abbott Fund. "Working together with trusted relief organizations, Abbott and the Abbott Fund are providing funding and products to help communities recover in the days and weeks ahead."

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Emerson Ecologics, Douglas Labs partner on line of professional, NSF-certified sports supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Emerson Ecologics, a provider of professional-grade nutritional supplements to practitioners, on Thursday announced its partnership with Douglas Laboratories as its exclusive external distributor for the Klean Athlete line to healthcare practitioners. 

Klean Athlete is a new line of nutritional supplements formulated specifically for athletes to help them achieve optimum health; the complete line is NSF-certified for sport, ensuring that each product has undergone testing and certification to be free of banned substances.

"It was our goal to develop a group of products that support — rather than enhance — the peak health and performance of athletes," stated Timothy Monk, SVP sales and marketing for Douglas Laboratories. "We’re excited that Emerson Ecologics appreciates the importance of this, and we are thrilled to have them as our exclusive distributor partner servicing the healthcare practitioner market."  

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Nordic Naturals launches smartphone app

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals on Wednesday announced the launch of its mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android users. 

“Nordic Naturals is an omega-3 industry leader,” stated Joar Opheim, CEO of Nordic Naturals. “We are pleased to lead the way in offering the convenience of a mobile app to consumers.”

Features of the new app, available for free, include the ability to order products online or find a retail store. The “Daily Omega Reminder” allows users to set daily prompts for taking their omega-3s and monthly reminders to re-order products. Information on the benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids is available as well.  

App users will be among the first to be notified about product launches, emerging research about omega-3s, and store-specific sales and promotions, Nordic Naturals noted. 

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