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CRN: Dietary supplement manufacturers must be GMP-compliant

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Friday noted that all dietary supplement manufacturers without exception now are legally bound to comply with dietary supplement-specific good manufacturing practices.

With the third and final phase-in of the law, small dietary supplement firms (those with less than 20 employees) now join large and mid-sized companies in the legal requirement to be GMP-compliant.

“This is a historic day for the dietary supplement industry and its consumers,” stated Steve Mister, CRN’s president and CEO. “Full implementation of the GMP regulations that we fought so hard for should put to rest any skepticism that our industry is not regulated. Clearly, there are stringent manufacturing standards that our entire industry must adhere to, and we expect that after three years of preparation for implementation, manufacturers are prepared to embrace GMP compliance as another illustration of an industry committed to its consumers.” 

The CRN also encouraged the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that the industry is meeting GMPs by conducting inspections.

“[The] industry worked hard to get GMPs and we now expect the FDA to make complete use of the standards by holding the industry to them,” Mister said. “Full implementation of the GMPs, coupled with FDA attention to industry compliance, will help to weed out bad actors from our legitimate industry and assure that consumers are being protected.”

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CHPA commends Calif. Senate’s PSE e-tracking legislation

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended the California Senate Public Safety Committee for passing AB 1455. The legislation calls for the implementation of a statewide, industry-funded electronic tracking system to monitor and block illegal purchases of over-the-counter cold-and-allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient that can be diverted to “cook” methamphetamine.

“We applaud the Public Safety Committee for supporting a solution that will fight domestic methamphetamine production while maintaining consumer access to important cold-and-allergy medications,” stated Linda Suydam, CHPA president. “E-tracking is the only solution that will stop illegal sales of pseudoephedrine by providing a real-time, stop-sale function across all stores statewide.”

In California, there currently is no mechanism in place to curb the practice of “smurfing,” which is where criminals move from store to store to purchase illegal amounts of PSE to be used for the production of meth. AB 1455 would provide the state’s retailers and pharmacists with a consolidated, real-time electronic logbook — accessible only by law enforcement — that is more secure than current paper logs.

E-tracking, which has been adopted by 12 states nationwide, also will give local law enforcement officials a powerful investigative tool to track meth production across state lines. E-tracking allows law enforcement to find previously undiscovered meth labs and helps them identify meth cooks. Most importantly, AB 1455 preserves Californians’ over-the-counter access to the PSE medications they use and trust for cold-and-allergy relief while stopping illegal sales.

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Kimberly-Clark realigns agency support for consumer brands

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS Kimberly-Clark Corp. on Wednesday announced it is realigning creative agency assignments within WPP Group agency roster shops in order to receive single agency support globally by sector.

Effective immediately, Ogilvy & Mather will be responsible for K-C’s baby and child care and adult and feminine care brands globally, and JWT will be responsible for the company’s family care brands globally.

According to K-C’s chief marketing officer, Tony Palmer, the decision to align its consumer brands globally with existing WPP roster shops better positions the company to more fluidly transfer ideas and best practice while ensuring greater efficiency and speed to market.

“This move is made to better position Kimberly-Clark to capture global growth and efficiency opportunities while eliminating potential conflict barriers,” Palmer said.

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