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California Senate committee tables PSE Rx-only bill

BY Michael Johnsen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Senate Health Committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would require a prescription for the purchase of a pseudoephedrine product, exempting children’s liquid formulations.

The bill initially failed to pass the committee by a vote of 2-2 with five no-votes. Subsequently, the committee placed the bill up for reconsideration by a vote of 7-0 with two no-votes. No subsequent hearing date has been posted the Senate’s website.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores reaffirmed its opposition to this piece of legislation in a statement released Friday. “Requiring a prescription for over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine would be a cure worse than the disease,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.  “A prescription requirement would disempower patients in their own health care and would only increase healthcare costs.”

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Fembody signs Abdul as celebrity spokeswoman

BY Michael Johnsen

TAMPA, Fla. — Fembody Nutrition on Monday named Paula Abdul their national celebrity spokeswoman for its line of nutritional supplements formulated for women and sold exclusively through GNC. 

"I am thrilled to start this journey as Fembody Nutrition’s spokeswoman," Abdul stated. "The truth is that with my grueling schedule, it is so hard to maintain a healthy diet and a strict wellness regimen," she said. "You can rely on Fembody Nutrition to supplement your everyday routine." 



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CRN names six new members

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced the addition of six new members: Chr. Hansen, Cyvex Nutrition, Dicentra, InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Nature’s Gifts, and Neptune Technologies and Bioressources.

Chr. Hansen is a developer of natural ingredient solutions for the food, pharmaceutical, nutritional and agricultural industries. With U.S. offices in Milwaukee, Wis., the company is best known for its probiotics, dairy enzymes and natural colors.

Cyvex Nutrition, a subsidiary of nutritional ingredient company Omega Protein Corporation, is a supplier of standardized and branded ingredients to the dietary supplement and food industries. The firm’s signature branded ingredients include Bio Vin–Full Spectrum Grape Extract, Bio Vinca–Vinpocetine and Berry Vin–High ORAC berries.

Dicentra provides regulatory services within the natural health product, dietary supplement, food, beverage, cosmetic and OTC industries.

InterHealth Nutraceuticals is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of specialty and proprietary nutritional ingredients for use in dietary supplements and nutraceutical foods and beverages. InterHealth focuses on providing products for cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, joint health and weight management.

Nature’s Gifts is a provider of premium vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources works in the development and commercialization of krill extracts with health benefits for cardiovascular, cognitive, joint and women’s health.


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