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GTC Nutrition, Ganeden Biotech to develop prebiotic, probiotic ingredients

BY Michael Johnsen

GOLDEN, Colo. GTC Nutrition, a business unit of Corn Products International, on Thursday announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Ganeden Biotech, to work together in the development of prebiotic and probiotic ingredients.

“Partnering with an industry leader such as GTC Nutrition will enable us to broaden the applications of GanedenBC30 into more functional foods and beverages, nutraceuticals and animal health applications,” stated Andrew Lefkowitz, Ganeden’s president and chief executive officer.

Probiotics are “good for you” bacteria that are similar to the good bacteria found naturally in the body’s digestive tract that can support healthy digestive and immune systems. Prebiotics serve as food for probiotics. A prebiotic is a non-digestible carbohydrate that works in the intestines to nourish and stimulate the growth of the good bacteria, which, in turn. helps to maintain a healthy digestive environment. Prebiotics and probiotics work synergistically to maintain healthy digestion and support immune system strength.

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GlaxoSmithKline wins recommendation to sell Alli in Europe

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON GlaxoSmithKline won a recommendation from European regulators Thursday that it be allowed to sell its weight loss drug Alli over-the-counter in Europe.

The European Medicines Agency said it had recommended the switch from prescription-only to nonprescription for a 60-milligram dose of alli, the same dose approved for sale OTC in the United States. The European Commission now needs to rubber-stamp the recommendation.

The European Medicines Agency said it had recommended the switch from prescription-only to nonprescription for a 60-milligram dose of alli, the same dose approved for sale OTC in the United States. The European Commission now needs to rubber-stamp the recommendation.

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FDA endorses industry iniative to update children’s cough-cold product labeling

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued a consumer update regarding the use of cough/cold products in children that reinforces the agency’s support of an industry initiative that changes label recommendations on pediatric cough/cold products to no longer recommend use in children under the age of four, and explains the reasoning behind why the agency hasn’t requested an immediate product recall of current labeling.

“The voluntary actions announced by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association are intended to help prevent and reduce the misuse of these products in children and to better inform consumers about their safe and effective use,” the agency stated. “CHPA’s voluntary actions will not affect the availability of the medicines, but will result in a transition period where the instructions for using some OTC cough and cold medicines in children will be different from others. Some product instructions will state ‘do not use’ in children under 4 years of age, while others will instruct not to use in children under 2 years of age. FDA does not typically request that OTC products with previous labeling be removed from the shelves during a voluntary label change such as this one. The agency recommends following the dosage instructions and warnings on the label that accompanies the medication if you have or buy a product that does not have the voluntarily modified labeling.”

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