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Henrickson re-elected CHPA board chairman

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Friday announced the members that were elected to the association’s board of directors during its Annual Executive Conference, held March 12 to 14 . John Hendrickson, executive vice president of global operations and supply chain, Perrigo Company, was re-elected as the association’s chairman

Newly elected members of the board this year include John Cowles, head of OTC North America, Novartis Consumer Health; Stephen Johnson, executive vice president and general manager, Information Resources Inc.; David Long, vice president, North American Regulatory, Reckitt Benckiser; Maureen Maldari, executive vice president, global director, Grey Group; and Randy Sloan, executive vice president, general manager, Del Pharmaceuticals.

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CHPA president addresses OTC efficacy, drug abuse

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON During her opening address to Consumer Healthcare Products Association members here, Linda Suydam, president of the CHPA, noted that two Food and Drug Administration meetings held last year have forever changed the over-the-counter regulatory landscape.

The two meetings Syudam referenced—an FDA advisory panel on the efficacy of children’s cough-cold medicine and a separate panel on the efficacy of phenylephrine—called into question the long-standing efficacy of monographed products. “What was learned from both of these meetings is that the regulatory landscape is changing,” she said. “We must move forward on the science supporting our product.”

To this end, CHPA is already committed to conducting pharmacokinetic and efficacy studies in pediatric populations for monographed OTC medicines.

Another point of concern identified by Suydam was the issue of dextromethorphan abuse. She commended the industry for pulling together on this issue, and through CHPA effectively raised awareness and education behind DXM abuse. “The level of cooperation among members this past year has been exceptional.”

Looking forward, the industry prognosis is positive, however not without its challenges. For example, “FDA’s chronic underfunding will take a long time to rectify,” Suydam said, regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican wins the presidential election next year.

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Study examines energy drinks’ tooth-damaging potential

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO A recently-published study has determined that energy drinks as corrosive to teeth as soft drinks.

The Academy of General Dentistry on Wednesday issued a press release regarding the results of a recent study that was published in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s clinical, peer reviewed journal, which found that popular high-energy and sports drinks had the highest mean buffering capacity, resulting in the strongest potential for erosion of enamel.

According to the Academy, a beverage’s “buffering capacity,” or the ability to neutralize acid, plays a significant role in the cause of dental erosion.

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