ACE opens new rooms on Web site to promote germ fighting
WASHINGTON The Alliance for Consumer Education on Wednesday launched four new rooms on its interactive Web site, www.StopGerms.org, and unveiled a 3-dimensional version of StopGerms.org in Second Life, a virtual online community. ACE’s StopGerms.org, is a website aimed at educating consumers on ways they can help keep their families healthy through proper hygiene practices within the home. Included in the new expansion to the popular interactive site are four new rooms: The Garage, Foyer, Study and Living Room.
Consumers can click on objects in each room such as doorknobs, carpets, toothbrushes, or counters to see which germs are hiding or lurking on each item. A second click of the mouse lets consumers know more about each of the germs and educates them on steps they can take to help protect their families from germs and the diseases they cause.
“ACE is helping parents and families understand the threat of exposure to those germs that can cause colds and flu,” stated Joseph Healy, ACE president.
ACE is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to advancing community health and well-being.
Walgreens gives customers direction on cough-cold OTC dosing for children
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has said that it will advise its customers on the proper, safe use of over-the-counter cough and cold remedies by adding in-store signage to shelves and making its pharmacists available for consultations.
After the announcement from the CHPA Tuesday that cough-cold remedies should not be administered to children under age 4, many cough-cold remedy makers are revising their product labels to reflect the new dosing recommendations before the upcoming cold season. Walgreens has made a commitment to make sure the most current labeled cough and cold remedies will be available during the label-upgrading swap, and newly labeled products will be on shelves as soon as they are available.
The FDA has issued a statement that parents should take precautions when administering cough-cold medicines to children, including, checking active ingredients on the Drug Facts product labeling, avoiding given children two products with the same active ingredients at the same time, following directions, using the appropriate measuring instruments, selecting cough-cold medicines with child-proof caps, recognizing that cough-old remedies do not shorten the length of illness but only treat symptoms, not using cough-cold products for sedation and calling a doctor or pharmacist if any adverse reactions occur after administering.
Bendich, Johnson receive ‘CRN Apple’ for nutrition trailblazing
WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced that GlaxoSmithKline’s Adrianne Bendich and Byron Johnson of Amway/Nutrilite were awarded the “CRN (Steuben) Apple” at CRN’s annual symposium this weekend.
Bendich is the clinical director, medical affairs at Glaxo and is a recognized authority in women’s health issues involving nutrition. Bendich has been the point person for the GSK research team that provided calcium and vitamin D to the Women’s Health Initiative. In addition to serving on the editorial board of The Journal of Nutrition, the Journal of Women’s Health and the Journal of Nutrition and Immunology, Bendich is the only person to serve continuously as a dietary supplement industry reviewer for the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements annual bibliography since its inception. Bendich has authored more than 150 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, and has edited over a dozen books for nutrition professionals.
Johnson is the nutrition regulatory policy director for Amway/Nutrilite, where he first began his career more than 25 years ago. Previously, he has served as the nutrition and wellness industry relations director for the company, as well as vice president and general counsel. In his current position, Johnson is responsible for regulatory and corporate compliance matters, as well as trade association participation pertaining to food and dietary supplement policy. Earlier this year, Johnson was elected the chairman of the International Alliance of Food/Dietary Supplement Associations, where he has been an active participant in the organization’s regulatory, scientific and advocacy affairs since its inception in 1998. Johnson served as the chairman of CRN from 2003-2004, and currently remains an active member on the CRN board.
The award, considered CRN’s highest honor, is given to individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment and outstanding service to CRN and the dietary supplement industry.