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Consumers maintain active dialogue with their healthcare practitioners over supplement use

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — As many as 91% of supplement users let their physicians know about the supplements they are taking, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s 2016 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements. '

“The No. 1 goal of the dietary supplement industry is consumer safety,” stated Duffy MacKay, SVP scientific & regulatory affairs, CRN. “We are pleased to see that as more and more Americans incorporate dietary supplements into their health and wellness regimens, they are disclosing their use of these products to their healthcare practitioners in an effort to use supplements safely and responsibly," he said. "An open dialogue between a patient and a healthcare practitioner — whether a doctor, registered dietitian or pharmacist — is crucial for achieving good health, and, according to CRN’s survey, dietary supplement users recognize that.”

Historically, healthcare practitioners have served as the most trusted source for reliable information on dietary supplements. In 2016, medical doctors/physicians were the top sources supplement users trusted for reliable information on dietary supplements (56%), followed by nutritionists (42%), pharmacists (40%), physician assistants (28%), nurse practitioners (28%) and registered dietitians (27%).

“As consumers take a more holistic approach to healthcare, we will likely see an increase in supplement usage," MacKay said. "However, the onus to have the conversation about dietary supplement use should not be solely on the consumer. Healthcare practitioners have a responsibility, too, and we encourage them to have an open mind about the evolving consumer and the increased interest in integrative health.”

The survey was conducted Aug. 24–30, 2016 by Ipsos Public Affairs and was funded by CRN. The survey was conducted online in English and included a national sample of 2,007 adults aged 18 and older living in the United States, including 1,430 among those who are considered supplement users. The survey has been conducted annually since 2000.

Data from the 2017 survey will be released later this year, CRN noted.
 

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VMS retailer 5 Star Nutrition partners with AAFES on 11 new locations

BY Michael Johnsen

AUSTIN, Texas — 5 Star Nutrition, a provider of health and wellness products known for its personalized, high-quality service and military alignment, last week announced the launch of 11 new military base Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES or Exchange) locations.

"We opened our first AAFES military base location at Fort Bliss's Freedom Crossing in 2015, and immediately we saw a real cohesion between military ideals and 5 Star Nutrition's core values: hard work, inspiration, goal-setting and accountability," stated Brian Marver, CEO of 5 Star Nutrition. "Opening these Exchange locations and further aligning with the military is very important for our brand and customers, and is personally important to me and my team," he said. "Some 20% of our team is made up of veterans, and military members are honored with discounts and other benefits at 5 Star Nutrition."

The new 5 Star Nutrition Exchange locations will be staffed by team members who've demonstrated excellence in other locations by assisting customers in reaching their goals. In addition, each 5 Star Nutrition uses InBody machines that provide medical-grade body composition analyses to track body fat and lean muscle mass to monitor results.

Marver reported results are based on individual goals and uses service member Jose G., who wanted to control his diabetes through nutrition and exercise rather than medication, as one of many success stories. Jose, who is active duty, says 5 Star Nutrition helped him build a plan to reach his goals through what he called a "life changing" process. He lost 50 pounds in just over six months and has maintained his health goal of "no medication" for more than two years.

The company has 38 locations around the country.

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Bayer names new consumer health chief

BY Michael Johnsen

BASEL, Switzerland — Bayer on Friday announced the appointment of Sharon James as head global innovation and development (organization of the Consumer Health Division, effective Oct.  2, 2017.  James succeeds John O'Mullane, who will retire from the company on Dec. 31, 2017 after 30 years in the industry.

"With more than 25 years' experience in the fast-moving consumer goods and consumer product sector, Sharon has a proven record of developing and supporting products for leading consumer brands," stated Erica Mann, member board of management, Bayer, and president, Consumer Health Division, Bayer. "I am excited that Sharon is joining Consumer Health, and know that under her leadership Bayer will continue to successfully develop and deliver new innovative self-care solutions that help people around the world be a little healthier every day."

James joins Bayer from Reckitt Benckiser, where she most recently held the position of SVP head of global research and development, at the company's global headquarters in Slough, U.K. She also previously held various senior roles at PepsiCo and GlaxoSmithKline.

James' product development experience spans health, personal and home care categories where she has delivered transformative and consumer-loved innovation internationally. Known for embedding a "consumer-first" mindset in R&D, James is also a strong advocate of open innovation – collaborating extensively with a broad range of partners across the health industry.

James holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from University College London, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Biochemistry from University of London.

James will report to Mann and will be a member of the Consumer Health Executive Committee. She will be based in Basel, Switzerland.

O'Mullane joined Bayer in 2014 following the acquisition of Merck Consumer Care. Among his accomplishments leading global research and development organizations at Bayer, Merck as well as Schering-Plough and GlaxoSmithKline, was leading successful over-the-counter switches of prescription medicines, creating state-of-the-art consumer testing centers at company facilities and establishing consumer-centric design thinking methodologies across the function. Additionally, at Bayer, O'Mullane led a strategy to sharpen the division's focus and redesign its innovation and development operating model to better deliver bigger, better and faster innovation to consumers.

"Under John's leadership, the division is well-prepared to meet the needs and desires with new products that consumers demand," Mann said. "I would like to thank John for his passion and strong sense of purpose that has helped to put us on a path of even greater success with our innovation efforts."

 

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