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GNC adds PayPal’s Mobile Express Checkout

BY DSN STAFF

PITTSBURGH — General Nutrition Centers has added PayPal’s Mobile Express Checkout to its mobile site.

The integration exclusively was made by mobile and social commerce provider Branding Brand without any involvement from third-party service providers, and makes GNC one of the first to implement this feature on its mobile site.

Upon checkout, customers who choose to use PayPal Mobile Express Checkout log into their PayPal account, confirm payment details and then view the order confirmation on GNC’s mobile site. The process streamlines the purchasing process by eliminating the need to enter lengthy credit card or address information.

"Allowing customers to purchase quickly is an important part of improving the mobile experience, as well as conversion," GNC EVP and chief branding officer Jeffrey Hennion said. "We are excited to give our customers a fast, secure alternative to our standard cart."

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Globe All Wellness recalls lots of Slim Xtreme product

BY Michael Johnsen

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Globe All Wellness on Tuesday recalled all lots of its Slim Xtreme herbal slimming capsule upon learning that the Food and Drug Administration determined the product contains the undeclared drug ingredient sibutramine.

Sibutramine was the active ingredient in the prescription weight-loss drug Meridia, which had been pulled off the U.S. market due to increased risk of cardiovascular events or stroke.

The manufacturer suggested that the products the FDA tested were sold by an unauthorized dealer but was recalling all lots “as a precautionary measure.” The products were sold either through the Internet or on-site at the company’s Hollywood, Fla., headquarters, Globe All Wellness stated.

This recall does not affect the sales and distribution of Globe All Wellness’ other products, such as Slim Xtreme Gold or GelSlim, the company added.

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Congressman honored by HDMA

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Wednesday honored Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, with its Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.

The award recognizes public officials for their leadership and commitment to public policies that support and promote the safe and efficient delivery of life-saving medicines to patients nationwide.

“Congressman Green understands and advocates for policies that promote a safe and efficient supply chain, recognizing the importance of HDMA distributors in providing important medications to patients across the country,” HDMA president and CEO John Gray said. “His continued effort to ensure the proper treatment of prompt pay discounts in pharmaceutical reimbursement calculations used in Medicare will, if enacted, lead to more accessible, more affordable health care for Americans nationwide.”

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