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CRN switches gears on scheduling The Conference

BY Michael Johnsen

The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s annual conference is becoming a week-long weekday affair with a change in the schedule from Wednesday through Saturday to Tuesday through Friday.

The 2018 The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry will take place Oct. 16-19 at The Ritz-Carlton, in Dana Point, Calif.

“CRN understands that attendees want to receive the full value that The Workshop and The Conference offer, which means being able to attend all of the sessions,” CRN president and CEO Steve Mister said. “A Tuesday through Friday schedule allows for attendees to fit in more programming during their business week.”

“CRN understands that attendees want to receive the full value that The Workshop and The Conference offer, which means being able to attend all of the sessions.”

In particular, Mister noted The Conference’s popular “Breakfast With…” session, previously held on Saturday morning, has featured such prominent speakers as Joe Scarborough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs. This year’s “Breakfast With…” featuring another highly anticipated speaker,will be on Friday morning, just before the close of the conference.

The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science is a single full day of presentations taking place that Tuesday, followed by an evening reception that dovetails as the kickoff event for The Conference. Conference sessions then begin the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 17, and are slated to end by noon on Friday Oct. 19.

Additional details and registration for The Workshop and The Conference will be available mid-2018.

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Wax-Rx introduces doctor-developed earwax removal kit

BY Michael Johnsen

Wax-Rx, a new ear-cleansing solution, will be featured next week at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Regional conference, the company reported.

“About 20 years ago, I invented a product to remove wax from my patients’ ear canals,” Teddy Garcia, product developer, said. “We have been selling it to doctors’ offices ever since. Later, we realized there was a demand for people to be able to clean their ears at home and not always have to go in for an office visit. This is especially true for those with chronic problems.”

The Wax-Rx Ear Wash System is a safe, pain-free, doctor-developed cleaning system that optimizes hearing and ear health. The affordable at-home kit includes an ear wash sprayer bottle, a handy basin (to avoid making a mess), ear wax removal drops and pH conditioning powder that rinses out the ears.

Wax-Rx is currently available online and through select independent pharmacies.

 

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‘Shark Tank’ bites on Boobie Bar deal

BY Michael Johnsen

The one “Shark Tank” entrepreneur who may have the best understanding of the mass market health and wellness business, judging from his number of appearances at industry events, made a deal for 20% of Boobie Bar this past Sunday as part of the lastest ABC broadcast.

Daymond John offered $150,000 to registered nurse and mom entrepreneur Wendy Colson for one-fifth of her company. He promised to boost her quest to make Boobie Bars a staple offering along the shelves of national retailers looking to reach new moms with an energy bar that supports breastfeeding.

John is no stranger to the retail pharmacy sector. The Shark Group brought the TV personality to highlight opportunities for companies to grow to the Total Store Expo in 2016. Before that John appeared at the 15th annual Industry Issues Summit hosted by Drug Store News.

The idea for Boobie Bar, the original herbal lactation bar created to support nursing mothers’ milk supply, sprang from Colson’s work as a neonatal intensive care nurse and board-certified lactation consultant. “One of the questions nursing moms ask me most is, ‘What should I eat to increase my milk supply?’” Colson said. “I created Boobie Bar as a go-anywhere way to help today’s busy moms get the nutrients to do just that.”

“When I started the company, my goal was to help nursing moms—I never dreamed I would end up in front of a panel of potential investors on national television,” Colson said. “Filming ‘Shark Tank’ was an amazing experience.”

Boobie Bar gained distribution through Walmart earlier this month.

Available in three flavors — blueberry coconut, gluten-free peanut butter and oatmeal chocolate chip — Boobie Bars are dairy-free, vegan and certified kosher.

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