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American Herbal Products Association launches Foundation Web site

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. The American Herbal Products Association has announced the debut of www.AHPAFoundation.org, the Web page for the AHPA Foundation for Education & Research on Botanicals designed to provide companies and individuals with an easy way to support the Foundation’s substantive revision of the American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook through online donation.

“The Botanical Safety Handbook provides both a clinically-relevant assessment of the safety of numerous herbs in commerce and invaluable data to assist manufacturers in developing labels that adequately inform consumers,” stated AHPA-ERB Foundation chairman and Neways International senior director of regulatory affairs, Monzur Ahmed. “It is imperative for industry that the Botanical Safety Handbook contains the most recent and comprehensive information available, and now the ability for companies to financially contribute online provides a convenient way to support this new edition of the Handbook.” 

First published in 1997, the Botanical Safety Handbook has become a reference text for healthcare providers, consumers, retailers and manufacturers of herbal products. The text provides safety information on more than 600 species of plants known to be in trade as ingredients in dietary supplements, and, employing a unique safety rating system, classifies each species listed based on a review of a number of authoritative contemporary botanical references and knowledge of historical use.

“While many health care providers in the U.S. believe research on botanicals is scarce, in actuality a wealth of information is obtainable, but not easily accessible since it is scattered in various academic journals and texts on the clinical use of botanicals,” stated Zoe Gardner, program coordinator of the Medicinal Plants Program at the University of Massachusetts and research editor of the Botanical Safety Handbook revision. “An accurate, scientifically-based assessment of herbal ingredients will be required for medical professionals to accept the use of health-promoting botanicals.”

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Carex launches Designer Quad Canes

BY Michael Johnsen

OAKLAND, Calif. Carex Health Brands recently launched a line of Designer Quad Canes in Pink Floral Hydrangea and Blue Satin patterns.

The new quad canes are ideal for people who are independent enough to use one-hand walking aids, but still need the four point stability that quad canes can provide. Featuring a lower center of gravity for increased stability and balance, Carex’s Designer Quad Canes also offer a cushioned offset handle that reduces pressure on the wrist and are adaptable for both right- and left-hand users by rotation around the base.

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GSK, Wynonna Judd commence mobile bus tour for weight loss drug Alli

BY Michael Johnsen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. GlaxoSmithKline and Wynonna Judd on Thursday announced the kick-off for a nationwide mobile bus tour promoting GSK’s commitment to healthy weight loss through lifestyle changes. GSK markets the over-the-counter weight loss drug Alli.

Beginning Feb. 19 in Los Angeles, the mobile bus will embark on a two-month, coast-to-coast trip, traveling throughout the United States to a series of festivals and retailers, as well as select Judd concerts.

The Alli tour bus will arrive at each location, complete with a registered dietician and brand ambassadors, and offer information on the alli program.

The exterior of the Alli mobile tour bus will be outfitted with a flat panel television featuring one of Judd’s music videos, along with messages the country superstar welcoming visitors to the Alli mobile tour. Select songs from her latest album, Sing, will be broadcast over the buses built in audio system.

The Alli mobile bus tour will finish its journey in April with a final stop in Atlanta.

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