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Frutarom, Tab Labs develop probiotic gum

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. Frutarom and Tab Labs recently collaborated to make the prototype of a probiotic gum featuring BLIS K12, a new oral probiotic bacteria known as an immune system booster. Frutarom and Tab Labs recently introduced the BLIS K12 gum at Supply Side West in Las Vegas.

“Because BLIS K12 is an oral cavity probiotic, it needs to be delivered in a format that has prolonged contact with the mouth, making a chewing gum the perfect delivery system — and more importantly, an immune system booster,” stated Laurent Leduc, VP of Frutarom’s health division. “Chewing BLIS K12 gum increases the probiotic bacteria activity time in the mouth, as compared to a chewable tablet for example, and provides more opportunity for colonization of the K12 bacteria.”

Previously, manufacturers were unable to develop a stable functional gum application due to probiotic bacteria’s sensitivity to heat. Tab Labs has succeeded in developing a proprietary cold-press technology to manufacture functional gums. “As a result, you get a very high survival rate of the K12 bacteria and there is no moisture in the finished product, which further helps to ensure longer shelf life,” said Tom Holtgen, managing director of Tab Labs. “The cold-press technology also allows for full release of the active, immune system booster compounds, unlike other gums which tend to bind.”

The functional gum, designed for adults as well as children, is available in mint and fruit flavors.

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Blacksmith Brands acquires five McNeil OTC brands, inks deal with The Emerson Group

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Blacksmith Brands on Friday announced that it had completed its acquisition of five over-the-counter consumer brands from McNeil, including Efferdent denture cleaner, Effergrip denture adhesive cream, Luden’s throat drops, Pediacare children’s cough-and-cold medicine and Gentle Vapors waterless vaporizer, and Nasalcrom, a nasal allergy relief spray.

Concurrent with this acquisition, Blacksmith Brands has announced a key business and equity partnership with The Emerson Group. The Emerson Group, a sales and marketing company located in Wayne, Pa., will provide sales and sales management services.

“We are pleased and proud to have The Emerson Group as our partner not only in the operation of our business, but as an equity partner in our new company,” stated Peter Mann, Blacksmith CEO. “We believe that the Emerson Group will be a key catalyst in our plans to grow Blacksmith Brands into a major consumer products company.

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FDA approves Arkray’s new glucose monitoring system

BY Allison Cerra

EDINA, Minn. A manufacturer of diabetes self-monitoring systems announced that it received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its new Glucocard Vital blood glucose monitoring system.

Arkray said its new meter and strip platform, which will be available for distribution in early December, is expected to be a significant complement to the existing Glucocard line of products, and will be ideal for the home medical equipment, durable medical equipment, mail-order and managed care markets.

“We’re very excited about the latest addition to our Glucocard brand,” said Jonathan Chapman, president of Arkray USA. “The Vital meets all of Arkray’s rigorous design and performance standards. And we can offer it at a price point that will make it an ideal solution for our customers to use in competitive bidding.”

The new Glucocard Vital meter and strip platform is highly accurate, auto-coded, requires only 0.5 microliter of blood, holds 250 dowloadable tests in its memory and has a glucose oxydase strip chemistry that is not affected by interferences that cause testing errors in other common test strips.

The Vital, along with all Glucocard brands, is backed by Arkray’s unique YouChoose wellness program, a comprehensive education and support system that includes printed tools, videos, recipes and an integrated Web site designed to help patients manage their diabetes.

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