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CRN study finds that nearly four-fifths of doctors recommend supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The majority of physicians—79 percent—recommend supplements to their patients, according to the “Life…supplemented” Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, that was released Wednesday.

Bone health was the leading health reason physicians recommend supplements—33 percent of physicians recommended bone health supplements to their patients—followed by supplements for overall health, joint health, heart health and to maintain a healthy cholesterol.

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Perrigo acquires JB Labs

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. Perrigo announced Tuesday that it had acquired JB Laboratories, a Holland, Mich.-based manufacturer of over-the-counter and nutrition products for healthcare suppliers.

The acquisition, for which Perrigo paid about $44 million in cash, is expected to add more than $70 million to annual sales.

“The acquisition of JB Laboratories will further expand our high-quality manufacturing base and provide additional FDA-approved production capacity to help us service our current and future customer needs,” Perrigo chairman and chief executive officer Joseph Papa said. “And in addition to the immediate top-line sales contribution, this investment will be accretive to earnings this year and beyond.”

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Wal-Mart adds ReliOn diabetes supplies for $9

BY Michael Johnsen

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores on Tuesday announced that it would incorporate its ReliOn diabetes management products into the retailer’s affordable pharmacy program by selling all ReliOn diabetes supplies for $9, the ReliOn Ultima Blood Glucose Meter, a 20-count package of ReliOn Ultima Blood Glucose Test Strips and the ReliOn A1c test.

According to Wal-Mart, a customer with diabetes testing once per day can save more than $200 annually based on the retail price of competing test strips sold at the mass merchant.

“This latest expansion of our health care offering comes from our commitment to help people affected by diabetes save money so they can live better,” stated John Agwunobi, senior vice president and Wal-Mart’s president of its health and wellness division. “We are pleased to introduce $9 ReliOn testing products that address some of the unique health care needs of diabetes patients. By providing affordable, quality solutions we hope to positively impact the lives of the millions already living with the disease.”

Wal-Mart is helping to get the word out on its $9 diabetes supplies through the sponsorship of several American Diabetes Association events, including the recent ADA Diabetes EXPO events in Atlanta, Boston and Tampa.

To date, Wal-Mart’s affordable pharmacy program has saved customers more than $1 billion.

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