CRN awards dietary supplement industry executives at annual meeting
WASHINGTON Jon Benninger of Virgo Publishing, Bill Frankos of Herbalife and John Wise, chief science officer emeritus for Natural Alternatives International were each named 2010 recipients of the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s “Apple Awards” in a ceremony held last week at the association’s annual meeting, CRN announced Monday.
The award represents CRN’s highest honor and is given to executives who have shown long-term dedication and who have made considerable contributions to both CRN and the dietary supplement industry.
Benninger is the director of business development at Virgo Publishing where he is responsible for strategic planning, outreach and advocacy, content development and new business development. With 20 years in the natural products industry, he joined Virgo Publishing in 1995, and is an active member in a number of supplement industry organizations, including CRN. Virgo Publishing produces SupplySide trade shows and several publications, including “Natural Products Insider” and “Natural Products Marketplace.”
Frankos currently serves as SVP global product science, safety and compliance with Herbalife. Prior to joining Herbalife, he served as director of the division of dietary supplement programs at the center for food safety, and the applied nutrition division of the Food and Drug Administration. At the FDA, Frankos was charged with overseeing policy, budget, personnel and administration in addition to the full implementation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Over the course of his tenure, the agency published the final rule for dietary supplement current good manufacturing practices and implemented guidance for reporting serious adverse events related to supplements.
Wise served as chief science officer for Natural Alternatives International from 2001 until his retirement in 2009. Currently, he consults for NAI and recently formed his own company, Collegiate Sports Nutrition. Prior to his work with NAI, Wise was EVP research and development with United Sciences of America. Wise, whose background includes biochemistry and microbiology, has authored and published in peer-reviewed journals on topics that include immunity and nutrition, and he has presented at more than 1,000 scientific lectures and seminars.
Weight-loss aid Lichi hits Rite Aid, GNC shelves
NEW YORK Bainbridge & Knight recently announced the launch of its weight-loss diet aid Lichi, an herbal dietary supplement containing the “superfruit” lychee.
Lichi is a complete fat-fighting formula of 17 active ingredients, the company stated, including resveratrol, a plant-based substance that combines antioxidant attributes with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and weight-loss properties, using cinnamon bark extract, cayenne pepper, niacin, L-carnitine and conjugated linoleic acid.
The new weight-loss product will be on the shelves of Rite Aid and GNC beginning in November, the company noted.
The new diet aid retails for a suggested $29.99 for a package of 90 softgels.
Advil makers encourage safe medication disposal
MADISON, N.J. Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Monday launched a consumer campaign encouraging Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of unwanted, expired and recalled products.
Pfizer also is partnering with Suzy Cohen, author of “The 24-Hour Pharmacist,” to offer essential tips on medicine cabinet safety. “This campaign encourages people to take a few simple steps to help ensure the safety of everyone in their household,” Cohen said. “We all need to declutter and clean out our medicine cabinets.”
Arecent poll found that nearly half of Americans do not always look at the expiration date on over-the-counter medications before taking them, Pfizer noted. And to encourage consumers to do exactly that, Pfizer is providing a coupon for a free bottle of Advil to the first 500,000 eligible people who register.
Pfizer also is encouraging consumers to properly dispose of medicines, suggesting that when disposing of unwanted, expired or recalled products in the medicine cabinet, consumers should take precautions to ensure they protect children, pets and the environment from potentially negative effects. For example, no medicine should be disposed of by pouring into a sink, toilet or storm drain. The campaign directs consumers to consult their pharmacists on proper disposal practices, or to visit FDA.gov and search for “disposal.”
For consumers who wish to register for one of the 500,000 free bottles of Advil, Pfizer has established the website MedicineCabinetSafety.com.