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CRN taps FDA’s Sharfstein as annual symposium’s keynote speaker

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday announced the Food and Drug Administration’s principal deputy commissioner Joshua Sharfstein is slated to return as a keynote speaker at The Conference, CRN’s annual symposium for the dietary supplement industry.

Sharfstein will make the opening address to attendees, providing an update on the FDA’s dietary supplement-related regulatory activities on Sept. 30.

Sharfstein will discuss the impact of the current regulatory landscape of the recently fully implemented dietary supplement good manufacturing practices, as well as the adverse event reporting law. Sharfstein also will provide attendees with advice on what a responsible industry can do to aid the FDA in its mission to protect the public health.

Additionally, Sharfstein will update conference attendees on critical supplement industry issues, such as the new dietary ingredient notification guidance.

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WHO: H1N1 in post-pandemic period, but it’s not over

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK The World Health Organization’s director-general Margaret Chan issued a statement on Tuesday that the H1N1 influenza has entered the post-pandemic period, but warned that the virus has not yet gone away.

While WHO has reported marginal levels of H1N1 transmission worldwide as of late, Chan said it expects the H1N1 virus to take on the behavior of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

 

NEW YORK The World Health Organization’s director-general Margaret Chan issued a statement on Tuesday that the H1N1 influenza has entered the post-pandemic period, but warned that the virus has not yet gone away.

While WHO has reported marginal levels of H1N1 transmission worldwide as of late, Chan said it expects the H1N1 virus to take on the behavior of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

 

"Pandemics, like the viruses that cause them, are unpredictable," she said. "So is the immediate post-pandemic period. There will be many questions, and we will have clear answers for only some. Continued vigilance is extremely important, and WHO has issued advice on recommended surveillance, vaccination, and clinical management during the post-pandemic period.

 

"As I said, pandemics are unpredictable and prone to deliver surprises. No two pandemics are ever alike. This pandemic has turned out to be much more fortunate than what we feared a little over a year ago," Chan added.

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Prestige Brands launches Little Fevers fever-pain reliever

BY Allison Cerra

IRVINGTON, N.Y. Prestige Brands has expanded its Little Remedies product line with a new analgesic for infants, toddlers and children.

New Little Fevers is concentrated infant drops with acetaminophen and indicated for the treatment of temporary fever and minor aches and pains which may be associated with the common cold, flu, headache, sore throat or toothache. The product is specially formulated to provide small concentrated doses for easier administration, Presitge Brands said.

 

IRVINGTON, N.Y. Prestige Brands has expanded its Little Remedies product line with a new analgesic for infants, toddlers and children.

New Little Fevers is concentrated infant drops with acetaminophen and indicated for the treatment of temporary fever and minor aches and pains which may be associated with the common cold, flu, headache, sore throat or toothache. The product is specially formulated to provide small concentrated doses for easier administration, Presitge Brands said.

 

Jean Boyko, Ph.D., SVP science and technology for Prestige Brands, said, "The recent recalls of certain children’s analgesic products have left a void in available over-the-counter treatments for fever and minor pain relief. Little Fevers is now available nationally to provide parents with the active ingredient they need in a trusted brand name. And it’s always good advice to check with a health care professional if parents or caregivers have questions about specific treatment options."

 

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