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FDA approves OTC nicotine gum

BY Michael Johnsen

CORONA, Calif. Watson Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary Watson Laboratories received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market its over-the-counter Nicotine Polacrilex Gum USP, coated mint flavor, in the 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

Nicotine Polacrilex Gum, coated mint flavor, is the generic equivalent of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare’s Nicorette fresh mint gum. The market for over-the-counter nicotine gum had annual sales of more than $300 million for the 12 months ending September 2008, according to IRI sales data as provided by Watson. Watson will make the product available to customers in early January 2009.

“The approval of our mint flavored, coated nicotine gum is a significant addition to our line of generic smoking cessation products,” stated Paul Bisaro, Watson president and chief executive officer. “We also have applications pending at FDA for additional flavors and look forward to further enhancing our line of smoking cessation products.”

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Integrated Beverage launches Children’s Throat Cooler

BY Michael Johnsen

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. Integrated Beverage Group recently launched Children’s Throat Cooler, a nonmedicated ready-to-freeze liquid product that helps hydrate and rejuvenate dry throats, the company stated.

Throat Cooler is made with honey and supplemented with vitamin C. The product is recommended for use for children over the age of 2.Available in strawberry and grape flavors, a multi-pack of six pre-portioned single-serve pouches retails for a suggested $3.99.

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Study: Resveratrol alone not enough to prolong life

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIMAS, Calif. According to a recent study, consumers hoping to benefit from the red wine supplement resveratrol should take an array of antioxidants with resveratrol for optimum results—a mega-dose of resveratrol administered to mice by itself failed to prolong life, the study concluded.

“While resveratrol, an antioxidant molecule concentrated in red wine, is touted for its health properties, it is not the sole molecule responsible for longevity,” stated Bill Sardi, spokesperson for Longevinex, a leading brand of resveratrol dietary supplement, in a statement released Saturday.

“The total array of red wine molecules found in the best red wine, about 60 milligrams per 5-ounce glass, or 180-300 milligrams in 3 to 5 glasses, is the suggested healthy dosage range,” Sardi said.

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