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Carmex survey: Cold sores kill first impressions

BY Michael Johnsen

FRANKLIN, Wis. — First impressions are important, which may explain why almost half of adults would likely cancel a date if they woke up with a cold sore. And more than 1-in-4 Americans would postpone a job interview, according to the Carmex “Let’s Get Closer” survey, representing a Harris Poll of more than 1,100 adults between the ages of 21 years and 54 years.
 
The flipside is also true — close to 2-in-5 said they would be very to somewhat likely to cut short a date if their date showed up with a cold sore. And as many as 29% acknowledge that they would wonder if the cold sore was contagious, while 26% would wonder if it was herpes. 
 
It would seem obvious that no one really wants to kiss someone who has a cold sore, yet surprisingly, men might still consider it. However, 67% of women said they would be very unlikely to do this, while 57% say they would be unlikely.
 
If you do have an occasional or frequent cold sore, do you ever wonder what people are thinking when they see you? Gratifyingly, 68% of those ages 21 years to 34 years and 67% of those ages 35 years to 44 years think “That must be painful.” Almost half of consumers ages 45 years to 54 years share this reaction. 
 
On the other hand, caution prevails. As many as 31% of adults between ages 21 years and 44 years wonder if it’s contagious versus 22% of adults ages 45 years to54 years. Herpes is on people’s minds, too, when they see a cold sore — 29% of adults ages 21 years to 34 years and 28% of adults ages 35 years to 44 years wonder if the cold sore might be herpes. Interestingly, men 13% are more likely than women 7% to think that the person with a cold sore isn’t clean.
 
Carma Labs last year launched Carmex Cold Sore Treatment, which works on contact to block pain and itch while minimizing the appearance of a cold sore, according to the company. 
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DRYPro launches cast protector with customizable logo option

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
WILMINGTON, N.C. — DRYPro is making its way to retail with a sealable, waterproof cast protector that allows individuals to enjoy the water with a cast, bandage or PICC line. The rubber sleeve is worn over the affected area and a vacuum hand pump removes all the air, creating a vacuum seal.
 
Selling for a suggested retail price of $38, the company's arm and leg cast protectors are the most popular products, especially during the summer. There are six sizes — two half arms/legs and four pediatrics full arm/leg sizes, for a total 12 SKUs. 
 
In addition, the company can place custom logos on the finished products. 
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NY AG’s office affirms GNC supplements in full compliance with FDA regs

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GNC Holdings on Monday announced that it has reached an agreement with the New York Attorney General regarding the company’s Herbal Plus products. The agreement affirms that the relevant GNC products were in full compliance with the federal Food and Drug Administration “Current Good Manufacturing Practices” and acknowledges GNC’s full cooperation with the Attorney General’s inquiries.
 
“As our testing demonstrated, and this agreement affirms beyond any doubt, our products are not only safe and pure but are in full compliance with all regulatory requirements,” said Michael Archbold, CEO GNC. “A robust testing regime, careful sourcing regimen and detailed manufacturing specifications have always been core elements to ensuring that we provide our customers with high quality products. Our customers trust and value our products, and we are steadfastly committed to maintaining that trust and confidence. As an industry leader we have always gone above and beyond the minimum requirements in pursuing quality for our consumers, and we will continue to lead the efforts for higher standards. This is good for consumers, good for the industry and good for GNC.” 
 
"GNC’s deal with the NYAG successfully turns a lingering negative into a positive, in our view," noted Sterne Agee analyst Charles Grom. "To this end, the lifting of the C/D order/subsequent ability to re-stock Herbal Plus items on GNC shelves in N.Y. is certainly welcomed news. More importantly, however, we think GNC’s leadership in raising testing standards should garner positive media attention; improve consumers’ confidence in GNC products; and placate regulators, which should result in a more benign regulatory/headline risk environment." 
 
In its response to the NYAG’s inquiry, and as highlighted in the agreement, GNC provided the results of rigorous tests conducted both internally and by independent third parties. These tests provided conclusive evidence that GNC’s products are safe, pure, properly labeled and in full compliance with all regulatory requirements. The testing also demonstrated that the company’s products contain all herbal extracts listed on their respective labels. In addition, a former senior FDA GMP expert performed a comprehensive review of GNC’s manufacturing processes for the products at issue and found them to be in compliance with all applicable requirements. Accordingly, GNC has restored its full assortment of Herbal Plus products to all GNC stores in New York State. 
 
GNC has preserved the specific product lots of the five products that were the subject of this inquiry for use in defending the company against the lawsuits that have been filed subsequent to the NYAG’s Feb. 2 letter, despite the fact that there is no prohibition against the sale of such products. The company believes these lawsuits are completely without merit and will defend itself aggressively. Identical products to those that have been preserved remain available for sale to consumers at GNC stores in New York State. 
 
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