FDA: Wyldewood Cellars’ elderberry juice products tout unapproved disease claims
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has seized elderberry juice products that have been distributed by Wyldewood Cellars.
The FDA said that the products were seized from the Peck, Kan.-based company because they were unapproved, misbranded drugs that violated the agency’s Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by stating that elderberry juice concentrate cures, treats or prevents various disease conditions, including AIDS, diabetes and flu.
The complaint was filed on May 27 in the U.S. District Court of Kansas.
“Products with unapproved disease claims are dangerous because they may cause consumers to delay or avoid legitimate treatments,” the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs Dara Corrigan said. “The FDA is committed to protecting consumers from unapproved products on the market. We will continue to take actions against companies that do not meet federal standards for safety, effectiveness and quality.”
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Insulet acquires Neighborhood Diabetes
BEDFORD, Mass. — A company that develops insulin-pump technology without tubing, such as the OmniPod insulin management system, has acquired a durable medical equipment distributor that specializes in direct-to-consumer sales of diabetes supplies.
Insulet said its acquisition of Woburn, Mass.-based Neighborhood Diabetes — which serves more than 60,000 customers with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes with blood-glucose testing supplies, insulin pumps, pump supplies and pharmaceuticals — would "advance Insulet’s mission to make the lives of people living with diabetes easier." The acquisition would provide Insulet with a full suite of diabetes management product offering, including the OmniPod insulin management system, as well as blood-glucose testing supplies, continuous glucose-monitoring sensors and insulin.
"Our customers consistently express interest in purchasing additional diabetes management supplies from us. Now we will be able to directly provide them with test strips, sensors and insulin," Insulet president and CEO Duane DeSisto said.
The acquisition carries a price tag of about $63 million in cash and stock.
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Vitamin Shoppe survey finds most adults take vitamins or supplements
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — A survey conducted on behalf of The Vitamin Shoppe and released Wednesday found that 60% of adults currently take a vitamin or supplement.
Of those who take vitamins, the survey results reported that more than 70% of respondents said they feel more confident about their health when they are taking a vitamin. Multivitamins are the most popular supplement, with 75% of respondents reportedly regularly taking the supplement. Other top supplements by those who take vitamins were: vitamin D (52%), vitamin C (49%), calcium (45%), B vitamins (43%), fish oil (42%) and iron (25%).
Starting on a vitamin regimen was not an impulse decision, Vitamin Shoppe found. Nearly half (46%) began taking a vitamin based on the recommendation of an expert, one-third (34%) wanted to improve their health altogether and about 1-in-10 (9%) wanted to feel better about themselves.
The Vitamin Shoppe survey found that only 4-in-10 (38%) of moms and dads take a daily vitamin, compared with 56% of nonparents. Even fewer parents pass on this habit to their children. Only one-third (34%) of kids get a daily vitamin.
For those that do not take supplements, 43% feel they do not need vitamins with a balanced diet, 22% think they would never remember to take them, and others feel vitamins are too expensive (9%).
The survey was conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of The Vitamin Shoppe, and polled 1,000 U.S. adults on their vitamin and supplement habits.
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