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CRN adds new members

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday announced the addition of six members to its roster—voting members Avon Products and Country Life Vitamins and associate members Burdock Group, EAS, Grifcon Enterprises and Miami Research Associates.

“We are pleased to have added two voting companies in segments of the industry that offer important growth,” stated Steve Mister, CRN president and chief executive officer. “Avon is a household name worldwide and they add to the prestigious portion of our direct selling representation. Country Life represents a segment of the industry—the natural health business—that we view as integral to the sale of supplements. “

EAS and Miami Research Associates are returning to CRN.

CRN also announced the promotions of two CRN staffers at its March quarterly meeting. Judy Blatman, who joined CRN in 2001, has been promoted to senior vice president, communications, and John Hathcock, a 12-year CRN veteran, has been promoted to senior vice president, scientific and international affairs.

“[Judy] Blatman has spearheaded numerous successful communications initiatives at CRN and Dr. Hathcock has brought world-wide recognition to the association’s commitment to science,” stated Marjorie Fine, CRN chairman and executive vice president and general counsel of Shaklee Corporation.

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FDA warns consumers about unapproved E.D. products

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday advised consumers not to purchase or use “Blue Steel” or “Hero” products marketed as dietary supplements throughout the United States because they are considered unapproved drugs and have not been proven to be safe or effective. Both products are distributed by Active Nutraceuticals or the Marion Group.

The Blue Steel and Hero products are promoted and sold over the Internet for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and for sexual enhancement, the FDA stated. They’re touted as “all natural” and labeled as dietary supplements. However, Blue Steel and Hero products do not qualify as dietary supplements because they contain undeclared and unapproved substances that are similar in chemical structure to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for E.D.

“Because these products are labeled as ‘all natural dietary supplements,’ consumers may assume that they are harmless and pose no health risk,” stated Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “But an unsuspecting consumer with underlying medical issues may take these products without knowing that they can cause serious side effects and interact in dangerous ways with drugs that a consumer is already taking.”

Blue Steel is sold in bottles containing 10 blue capsules or blister packs containing two blue capsules. Hero is sold in blister packs containing two blue capsules.

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Everidis introduces probiotic drops for kids

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS Everidis Health Sciences announced last week that it would begin distribution of BioGaia Probiotic Drops, a probiotic formulated for children. According to the company, the drop-form delivery system is the first in probiotics.

BioGala Drops contains L. reuteri—a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published online in the January edition of the Journal of Pediatrics found that L. reuteri improved gut function and feeding tolerance in formula-fed pre-term newborns.

Everidis already has distribution for its B-natal product via AmerisourceBergen; Cardinal; Dakota Drug; Harvard Drug; HD Smith; Kinray; McKesson; McQueary; Morris & Dickson; N.C. Mutual Drug; Smith Drug and Value Drug. 

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