Bowel-friendly iron pill to be released OTC
CHICAGO A dual-action iron supplement pill with almost no gastrointestinal side effects will soon be available without prescription, the maker has said.
Alaven announced the supplement, Bifera, at the American Dietetic Association Monday. The supplement provides protein-based and plant-based iron and will become available early next year.
“When patients are deficient in iron, their organs aren’t performing at maximum capacity, and they experience a decrease in energy,” the supplement?s product manager, Autumn Akin, said. “Similar to a hybrid car, Bifera is small, efficient and produces energy quickly without unwanted side effects, like nausea and constipation.”
3M introduces Rapid Detection flu test
ST. PAUL, Minn 3M on Thursday announced the nationwide availability of the 3M Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test, an innovation in the flu diagnostics market.
The 3M Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test is the first rapid flu test to provide automated results. The automated technology helps reduce user interpretation errors, which can lead to both false-negative or false-positive results. The 3M Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test will be able to deliver hospital and physician office laboratories reliable and objective electronic results in 15 minutes.
“Bringing automation to the interpretation of influenza tests is a key factor for the next generation of rapid flu tests,” said Brian Anderson, marketing manager of 3M Health Care. “Automating and storing the objective result of a flu test will help increase laboratory productivity and minimize the potential for human error, which can contribute to improving patient outcomes.”
Requiring less than three minutes of prep time, the 3M Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test detects positive or negative results and differentiates influenza A and influenza B. In addition to providing automated results, the technology also enables labs to export data through laboratory information systems, further reducing the potential for reporting error by eliminating the need for manual recording and transferring of patient results. The test also reads and stores lab results, giving lab technicians more flexibility in time and test management.
“Properly interpreting test results is critical, especially considering that most flu antiviral medications have a 48-hour recommended therapeutic window for prescribing, so false-positives or even delayed test results may result in misapplication of therapy or may reduce its effectiveness,” stated Christine Ginocchio, director of microbiology, virology and molecular diagnostics at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. “Having an automated reader almost eliminates the potential for misinterpreting results, leading to a faster and more informed treatment decision, which results in better patient outcomes.”
Consumer Product Safety Commission requests comments on iron shipping compliance requirements
SILVER SPRING, Md The American Herbal Products Association on Thursday noted that certain dietary supplements containing iron may fall under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, passed in January, which requires that products subject to a consumer product safety rule (like those containing iron) include a Certificate of Compliance when shipped in commerce on and after Nov.12.
For dietary supplement manufacturers, products subject to a consumer product safety rule are those that contain over 250 mg of elemental iron and are required to be in childproof closures by regulations promulgated under the “Poison Prevention Packaging Act,” a statute administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, AHPA noted.
CPSC has issued a “Request for Comments and Information,” seeking, in particular, comments on the use of electronic certificates to facilitate the “accompanying” and “furnishing” requirements as well as comments on the issue of multiple certifications for the same product, AHPA reported. “The American Herbal Products Association is reviewing CPSC’s request for comments to determine what comments if any to submit,” stated AHPA president Michael McGuffin. “The association is committed to keeping members abreast of any developments and will provide guidance as needed.”