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CRN names six new members

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced the addition of six new members: Chr. Hansen, Cyvex Nutrition, Dicentra, InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Nature’s Gifts, and Neptune Technologies and Bioressources.

Chr. Hansen is a developer of natural ingredient solutions for the food, pharmaceutical, nutritional and agricultural industries. With U.S. offices in Milwaukee, Wis., the company is best known for its probiotics, dairy enzymes and natural colors.

Cyvex Nutrition, a subsidiary of nutritional ingredient company Omega Protein Corporation, is a supplier of standardized and branded ingredients to the dietary supplement and food industries. The firm’s signature branded ingredients include Bio Vin–Full Spectrum Grape Extract, Bio Vinca–Vinpocetine and Berry Vin–High ORAC berries.

Dicentra provides regulatory services within the natural health product, dietary supplement, food, beverage, cosmetic and OTC industries.

InterHealth Nutraceuticals is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of specialty and proprietary nutritional ingredients for use in dietary supplements and nutraceutical foods and beverages. InterHealth focuses on providing products for cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, joint health and weight management.

Nature’s Gifts is a provider of premium vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources works in the development and commercialization of krill extracts with health benefits for cardiovascular, cognitive, joint and women’s health.


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Roche launches credit card-sized glucose meter

BY Michael Johnsen

MANNHEIM, Germany — Roche on Wednesday announced it has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its Accu-Chek Nano SmartView blood-glucose monitoring system. The meter is smaller than a standard credit card, employs a large backlit display and does not require any manual coding or code key for enhanced ease of use, the company stated. It also offers improved functions such as customizable test reminders, pre- and postmeal markers and average glucose calculation.

"The Accu-Chek Nano blood glucose meter will appeal to those who prefer a small, discreet meter with maximum performance," stated Marc Gibeley, head of Roche Diabetes Care North America. "It is easy-to-use and will help people with diabetes regularly check their blood glucose levels before making informed therapy and lifestyle adjustments."

The Accu-Chek Nano meter will be available to customers in the first half of 2012. 


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Fleming sells medical products to Valeant

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS — Fleming Pharmaceuticals has sold rights of several of its products to Valeant International, Fleming said Wednesday.

Fleming announced the sale of the OTC nasal spray Ocean, the prescription kidney dialysis vitamin supplement Nephrocaps, the magnesium supplement Magonate and ProBarimin QT, a medical food product for patients who have received weight loss surgery. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fleming, which also manufactures contract products for such customers as the federal government, said it would retain rights to manufacture and market ThyroShield, one of two Food and Drug Administration-approved potassium iodide medicines used in nuclear emergencies to keep the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine and increasing the risk of thyroid cancer.


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