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Former Walgreens attorney joins CRN’s legal team

BY DSN STAFF

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday named Megan Olsen assistant general counsel, reporting to CRN president and CEO Steve Mister.

Olsen most recently held the position of special counsel for Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C. Prior to that position, she spent more than two years as senior counsel at Walgreens.

“Megan’s insight into the dietary supplement industry’s unique and complex regulatory structure makes her a great addition to the team and an excellent resource for our member companies,” Mister said. “Her broad background counseling other FDA and FTC-regulated industries and her experience at a major retailer provide an additional layer of expertise for CRN that will serve our association and all our member companies well. We’re delighted she’s joined us.”

Olsen’s experience includes advising companies on federal and state consumer protection laws surrounding the marketing, labeling and distribution of dietary supplements, food, drugs and other consumer products and services regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, she has extensive knowledge assisting dietary supplement and food companies with product label review, claim substantiation compliance and marketing dissemination legal adherence. Olsen also developed client strategies for addressing National Advertising Division challenges and defending clients during investigations brought by the FDA, the FTC and state attorneys general.

Olsen started her legal career at Kelley Drye & Warren. She earned her J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, and received her B.A. in Business Management from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. While earning her J.D., Olsen held the position of associate editor for the Catholic University Law Review.

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Nutriband taps Irish TV personality to be president

BY Michael Johnsen

Nutriband on Tuesday named Sean Gallagher president and to the board of directors.

Presidential candidate and runner up in the 2011 Irish presidential election, Gallagher is an experienced businessman, speaker and business writer. Gallagher’s notable business ventures include co-founding and serving as CEO of Clyde Real Estate and co-founding Ireland’s home technology company Smarthomes.

Gallagher has also served as an investor on the Irish TV show “Dragon’s Den, Ireland” and UK’s version of “Shark Tank.”

Gallagher qualified with an MBA from the University of Ulster and served on a number of Irish State Boards including the National Training and Employment Agency, the North South Trade Body and was Chair of the state-owned Drogheda Port Company.

Nutriband is a unique health and pharmaceutical company based in Orlando, Fla. Unlike traditional health product companies, Nutriband targets niche opportunities in the supplement market through its transdermal and topical technologies.

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CRN arms fitness centers with anti-SARMs message

BY Michael Johnsen

The Council for Responsible Nutrition last week launched a consumer education initiative designed to raise awareness of Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs), a dangerous class of ingredients that poses a serious threat to consumer safety, particularly in the bodybuilding and fitness communities.

“Consumer safety is the No. 1 priority of the dietary supplement industry,” Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN, said. “We are grateful for the organizations helping us deliver responsible industry’s firm message: SARMs are dangerous, illegal and have no place in dietary supplements or in any sports nutrition regimen. Our goal is to equip consumers with the tools they need to make sound decisions when it comes to dietary supplements and to help them responsibly and judiciously use legitimate sports nutrition supplements to help them succeed in reaching their fitness goals.”

According to the Food and Drug Administration, SARMs are unapproved drugs illegally marketed as dietary supplements. Through its consumer education initiative, CRN amplifies recent warnings from FDA and supports efforts by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to alert athletes to the dangers of SARMs — dangers which could destroy athletic careers and potentially increase the risk of life-threatening conditions such as heart attack, stroke and liver damage.

To inform the bodybuilding and fitness communities, CRN created a #SARMsCanHarm toolkit for fitness organizations that includes customizable flyers, newsletter material, and social media content featuring educational information on SARMs and how athletes can protect themselves from products containing these illicit ingredients.

SARMs are prohibited under the S1 Anabolic Agent category of the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, and raise serious concerns for FDA, USADA and the legitimate dietary supplement industry. Often listed “ostarine” or “andarine” as ingredients in adulterated products falsely labeled as dietary supplements, SARMs have the potential to be misused for athletic performance enhancement due to their anabolic properties and their ability to stimulate androgen receptors in muscle and bone.

“Every athlete knows the importance of honesty and fairness, and these unscrupulous companies are anything but sportsmanlike. Bad actors tarnishing the reputation of responsible industry must never be tolerated. CRN and its member companies fully support FDA’s efforts to crack down on companies unlawfully manufacturing products containing SARMs,” Mister, said. “We hope that fitness organizations, sports clubs, personal trainers, and coaches across the country will join CRN and its members in taking a stand against SARMs and the risks companies marketing these products unapologetically present consumers.”

Late last year, the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association, the United Natural Products Alliance and USADA shared concerns about SARMs products in support of FDA’s efforts to crack down on companies unlawfully manufacturing products containing these ingredients.

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