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GNC to offer MusclePharm products

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER, Colo. MusclePharm Corp. on Wednesday announced it has reached an agreement with GNC to place its complete line of products into the 1,200 top-selling GNC retail outlets across the United States.

“This move significantly broadens MusclePharm’s exposure to consumers of nutritional supplements,” stated Brad Pyatt, MusclePharm’s CEO. “Our products are distributed in all 447 outlets of the Vitamin Shoppe chain across 37 states. We have a strong Internet presence with products on Bodybuilding.com, Amazon, Pro Source, VitaDigest, Netrition, and approximately 50 independent sites. As brand of the year on Bodybuilding.com and a top 50 seller … on their site, we look forward to the opportunity to have the same success with GNC.”

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Shiff survey: Cardiologists recommend supplements to patients

BY Michael Johnsen

SALT LAKE CITY According to a new national survey commissioned by Schiff Nutrition — and conducted by an independent research firm — an overwhelming majority of cardiologists (91%) have recommended dietary supplements to their patients to support cardiovascular health.

The survey found that three-quarters of cardiologists said that if they had to choose one dietary supplement to specifically support the cardiovascular health, they would choose omega-3 fatty acids, far more so than antioxidants (7%), CoQ-10 (2%) and vitamin E (1%).

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House committee delays second hearing of McNeil recall probe

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON One day following the announcement of a second hearing regarding McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalls, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday announced the postponement of that second hearing in order “to examine the circumstances surrounding recalls of medicines recently recalled by Johnson & Johnson.”

Anew date has not been set.

Last week, McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced that four lots of Benadryl allergy ultratab tablets (100 count) and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol rapid-release gels (50 count) would be added to its initial Jan. 15 product recall. This recall, McNeil said, is a follow-up to the product recall because the products were inadvertently omitted from the initial recall action.

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