First Boston Pharma acquires NutraMax Products
GLOUCESTER, Mass. First Boston Pharma on Wednesday announced its acquisition of NutraMax Products, a contract manufacturer of solid dose and soft chew pharmaceuticals and supplements.
The company will now be known as First Boston Pharma. Leading the First Boston Pharma organization will be Mario Medri, the company stated.
“The acquisition by [Medri] and the First Boston Pharma Group will propel the company further and faster along the trajectory we are on, particularly with designer products for pharmaceuticals and supplement markets,” stated Rodney Plunkett, First Boston Pharma EVP. “To have the industry’s foremost innovator leading First Boston Pharma into the future is an exciting prospect for us and for our customers.”
The acquisition of NutraMax by First Boston Pharma will provide the necessary resources for the company to pursue its strategy of innovation in the over-the-counter drugs and supplements categories.
“One of our key strategies is to move to a supply base integrity model, which gives our customers the differentiated products they need, when they want them,” Medri said.
NutraMax Products should not be confused with the Maryland-based company with a similar name — Nutramax Laboratories — which distributes a number of supplement products, including the glucosamine/chondroitin product Cosamin DS.
Antioxidants can help prevent heart attacks, study shows
NEW YORK The bacteria-fighting enzyme that causes nasal mucus to turn green also causes damage during heart attacks, but scientists in Australia may have found a way to control it.
According to published reports, researchers at the University of Sydney’s Heart Research Institute and the Queensland University of Technology have found antioxidants that could control the enzyme myeloperoxidase and stop it from causing damage when white blood cells release it during heart attacks. Normally, the cells dump myeloperoxidase on bacteria to kill them.
The research will appear in Biochemical Journal.
NSF International develops online resource for supplements information
ANN ARBOR, Mich. NSF International on Tuesday launched a new online resource, http://www.nsfsport.com, to provide information to help consumers, athletes and coaches choose safer, quality supplement products.
“We are pleased to see more user-friendly resources being placed in the hands of the public,” stated Liliana Begg, manager, Clean Sport Initiative. “The Clean Sport Initiative, which provides a forum for discussions on accidental doping will now have the support of value-added informational sites that provide consumers with the guidance they need when choosing nutritional supplements.”
NSF’s Athletic Banned Substances Certification Program certifies sports supplements that have met NSF’s certification guidelines and provides key preventive measures to protect against adulteration of products, verify label claims with product contents, as well as identify any banned substances in the finished product. The certification program has been recommended by key athletic organizations, including Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the National Football League, the Professional Golf Association, the National Football League Players Association and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports.