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Fairhaven Health partners with fertility expert for product line

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLINGHAM, Wash. Fairhaven Health on Friday partnered with fertility expert and OB-GYN Amos Grunebaum around a product line — FertilAid — that helps couples conceive naturally. And once pregnant, Fairhaven Health offers products that provide the nutritional support women need to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and beyond.

FertilAid for Women is a fertility-enhancing supplement designed for trying-to-conceive women. The formula combines vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with an herbal fertility enhancing blend designed to restore female hormone balance, promote regular ovulation and support overall reproductive wellness.

FertilAid for Men is a formula designed to improve male fertility. Clinically shown in a recent study to improve the total number of motile sperm, FertilAid for Men provides a comprehensive formula to improve sperm parameters such as count, motility and morphology, Fairhaven stated. Suggested retail price for both products is $28.95.

“Our FertilAid supplements are very popular with couples who are just beginning their conception efforts,” Grunebaum stated. “These couples are simply looking to accelerate the time in which they are able to achieve pregnancy, and to do so in as healthy a manner as possible.”

According to Fairhaven, there are a number of factors that contribute to a difficulty to conceive. For example, as women have entered the working world in increasing numbers, the average age at which they begin trying to conceive is older. According to the American Fertility Association, the probability of having a baby decreases between 3% and 5% per year after the age of 30.

There’s also nutrition and lifestyle, Fairhaven noted, such as being overweight or obese. In addition, drinking alcohol, caffeine intake and smoking can negatively impact conception odds.

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Twinlab announces its 2009 Mobile Beach Bash Celebration

BY Anna Mcgrath

GALVESTON, Texas Twinlab is kicking off its 2009 Mobile Beach Bash Celebration July 11.

The celebration will coincide with the company’s rateyourabs.com contest for a chance to win a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The 10-stop beach tour will begin in Galveston, Texas and continue along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts to celebrate this summer’s best beach abs.

The event will feature music, models and plenty of product sales, including Twinlab’s ultimate six-pack helper, Ripped Fuel 5x.

“Twinlab’s Ripped Fuel products are all about helping people get the lean, defined bodies they’ve always wanted, and there’s no better place to show off their success than the beach,” said Marc Stover, director of marketing, ISI Brands/Twinlab. “We ran a similar contest last year with enormous success. This year, we upped the ante and decided to take the party to some of the hottest beaches in the country to find that perfect six-pack.”

Contest entry forms and camera will also be on hand for those wishing to enter. Voting will take place at www.rateyourabs.com through September 13.

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NCPA announces new FSA service

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Community Pharmacists Association on Wednesday announced a new service — the FSAok AutoCopay — that enables community pharmacies to continue serving patients who use flexible spending account debit cards within new IRS regulations.

As of July 1, those regulations precluded customers from using their FSA debit card at drug store retailers that had not secured an Inventory Information Approval System, a point-of-sale system that’s able to identify eligible health care FSA purchases by comparing the purchased items’ UPC or SKU number against a pre-established list of eligible items; keep a separate total for the eligible items; and charge the FSA card only for the eligible items total, and request another form of payment for any remaining items.

“We were pleased late last year when, after meeting with NCPA, the Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline [for the new requirement] from January 1 to July 1, 2009,” stated Bruce Roberts, NCPA EVP and CEO. “During that time, NCPA responded to the needs of our members by collaborating with Finpago’s FSAok AutoCopay service to offer a low-cost solution requiring no special software or POS system so that they can continue to serve their patients’ with FSA accounts with an automated copayment claims service and real time substantiation of eligible over-the counter transactions.”

For pharmacies without point of sale systems, AutoCopay makes it possible to accept payment from patients who use FSA debit cards in accordance to IRS regulations.

“The average pharmacy sells more than $60,000 per year to customers with flexible spending account debit cards,” stated Finpago CEO Fred Hawkins.

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