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FDA studies effectiveness, benefits 
of long-term smoking-cessation therapy

BY Michael Johnsen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration is exploring the benefits associated with the long-term use of nicotine-replacement therapy products, a factor expected to both extend the amount of time a person avails themselves of the smoking-cessation therapy, as well as increase the success rates for quit attempts. 


Maintaining smoking-cessation ther­apy certainly is healthier than the al­ternative, noted Nick Kron­feld, medical director for Glaxo­SmithKline Con­sumer Healthcare’s smoking control business. “The concern is there are people who get to the end of the recommended 12 weeks of use but still find they’re having significant craving and withdrawal symptoms,” he said. “If the alternative is going back to smoking, then we feel it would be important to support and tailor therapies to that sub-group [that is] still having trouble at 12 weeks.”


Already, several other countries encourage the use of NRT products for longer durations to keep people tobacco-free. More than 46 million Americans smoke, and research indicates about 70% of smokers want to quit at any given time. Tobacco use causes more than 400,000 deaths in the United States each year, and approximately 8.6 million Americans have chronic illnesses related to smoking.

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GE vet joins NBTY

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — NBTY on Monday named Jeffrey Nagel to the CEO post, succeeding Scott Rudolph, who will maintain his position as chairman.

Nagel comes to NBTY from General Electric, where he held senior leadership positions in several GE businesses addressing a variety of end markets, including oil and gas, consumer electronics, technology and aviation. He most recently served as head of GE Oil and Gas Global Services and was based in Florence, Italy.

In 2006, Nagel was made a GE corporate officer and appointed as the VP and general manager of GE Oil and Gas Global Services. Previously, he served as president and CEO of GE Inspection Technologies, general manager of business development in GE Aircraft Engines and president of GE Home Electric Products.

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DSE debuts new Anti Monkey Butt brand on Facebook

BY Michael Johnsen

EDISON, N.J. — DSE Healthcare Solutions on Sunday evening announced the launch of Safari Towels, a new product extending from its Anti Monkey Butt Powder brand, to its Facebook fan base of almost 39,000.

“Our new Safari Towels … so hot off the presses they aren’t even in stores yet!” the Anti Monkey Butt Powder status read. “Make a cool gift … from cyclists to soldiers, [they’re] great to have on hand for a ‘shower on the go.’ See them in our online store.”

The Safari Towels are premoistened, heavy-duty disposable towels that are large enough to clean an entire body surface without tearing. A Safari 6-pack (18 towels) are selling for $14.95 on the company’s website.

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