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Book on integrating herbal, nutrient, and drug therapy is now available

BY Michael Johnsen

HOHENWALD, Tenn. Health Resources Unlimited recently published Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies, a resource for retail clinicians and pharmacists that accounts for the growing number of consumers who are supplementing with herbs, vitamins and minerals in conjunction with traditional prescription or non-prescription therapies.

The clinical resource presents detailed, evidence-based coverage of the most commonly encountered therapeutic agents in modern clinical practice and is designed to help the practitioner to safely and effectively integrate herbal, nutrient and drug therapy for patients.

Combining pharmaceuticals with herbs or nutrients may complement or interfere with a drug’s therapeutic action or may increase adverse effects. Furthermore, drug-induced depletion of essential nutrients can occur. Comprehensive clinical data, quick-reference features, and the insight and expertise of trusted authorities offer a deeper understanding of how herbal remedies and nutritional supplements interact with pharmaceuticals.

The resource, which includes 70 comprehensive monographs of herb-drug and nutrient-drug interactions, covers the most commonly used herbs and nutrients in health-related practice. Each herb and nutrient monograph features summary tables and concise, practical suggestions that provide quick and easy reference and complement the systematic review and in-depth analysis.

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Study: Personal Care marketers should watch their spending

BY Drug Store News Team

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. Personal care marketers will be affected by the ability to increase retail prices, unless unique product benefits are highlighted, according to research firm Kline & Company.

The research firm, which released a study entitled “Personal Care: U.S. Competitor Cost Structures 2008”, points out that most companies have only an 11 percent operating margin, since personal care marketers spend over half of their budget on marketing. This, combined with the perpetual need to spend significantly on advertising and promotions in order to drive consumer awareness and demand in highly competitive categories, will continue to lead to margin pressures for personal care marketers.

Additionally, companies whose product lines are heavily focused on luxury products, such as Estee Lauder, will feel the sting of the recession more than those whose products tend to be priced lower, such as Avon, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble.

The study also concludes that high oil prices over the past two years drove production and distribution costs for personal care marketers up significantly.

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Quigley moves Elizabethtown, Pa. operations to Lebanon, Pa.

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. The Quigley Corporation on Tuesday announced plans to consolidate its Pennsylvania-based manufacturing operations by closing its manufacturing facility in Elizabethtown, Pa. and move those operations to its Lebanon, Pa. facility.

“We anticipate the consolidation of manufacturing capabilities will benefit our cost structure as we reduce costs associated with having two facilities particularly in light of current difficult economic conditions,” stated Guy Quigley, chairman, president and CEO of Quigley.

The Elizabethtown facility primarily produced hard candy products whose profitability in recent times has been adversely affected by increased raw material costs and low-cost foreign sourced products, the company stated. The Quigley Corporation plans to

conclude the closure of the Elizabethtown facility in the coming months with the fulfillment of customer orders, followed by the disposal of location assets.  

The Quigley Corporation’s manufacturing facility in Lebanon will continue to produce  and ship its COLD-EEZE cold remedy products, as well as the KIDS-EEZE soft chew chest relief OTC expectorant, and  Organix Cough and Sore Throat Drops.

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