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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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U.S. House to hold second hearing on J&J recalls

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., on Tuesday announced that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which he chairs, will hold a second hearing on June 30 to examine the circumstances surrounding recalls of medicines recently recalled by Johnson & Johnson.

But this time the hearing is expected to include J&J’s chairman and CEO William Weldon.

“The hearing will examine the circumstances surrounding your recall of over 135 million bottles of infant and children’s medicines produced by Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare, including such widely used products as Children’s Tylenol, Infants’ Tylenol, Children’s Motrin, and Children’s Benadryl,” Towns wrote in a letter addressing Weldon. “The hearing will also examine the circumstances surrounding the ‘phantom recall’ of a particular Motrin product, which became public as the result of the Committee’s hearing on May 27, 2010,” Towns added.

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Nature Made promotes healthy minds with new supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. More than two-thirds of Americans are worried about losing their minds, according to a recent poll released Monday. Or rather, 69% of Americans are concerned about maintaining a healthy, active and sharp mind, the survey — conducted by Opinion Research Corp. on behalf of Pharmavite — found. Almost as many respondents (68%) reported having experienced some form of cognitive decline.

"Throughout my three decades of studying the brain, people have consistently looked for the solution to better memory and cognitive function," stated cognitive memory expert and Pharmavite consultant Thomas Crook. "Improving mental clarity and performance includes a combination of lifestyle activities, including exercise, sleep and proper nutrition, which is where supplements such as [the recently introduced] Nature Made GreatMind play an important role in a healthy mind."

 

Director of marketing for Nature Made Richard Yoder added, "Nature Made GreatMind is a breakthrough product in the supplement industry that when combined with lifestyle habits, such as eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep, can help the millions of adults maintain and improve mental clarity and short-term memory."

 

 

Nature Made GreatMind contains a number of cognitive-friendly ingredients, including vitamin B12, folate, amino acids and key antioxidants that the mind needs to stay healthy.

 

 

In conjunction with the launch of GreatMind, Nature Made created an offline and online cognition challenge — "GreatMind Brain Game Challenge." The online challenge, hosted at NatureMade.com, allows participants to join the challenge by accessing a variety of cognitive exercises, games and information that consumers can play and reference.

 

The offline aspect will bring Nature Made GreatMind onto the streets of Seattle, Chicago and New York throughout the summer, when Nature Made GreatMind ambassadors will connect with residents in each city, challenging them to a game of cognitive thinking and delivering lifestyle tips to improving cognitive health. A winner from each city and from an online Brain Game Challenge will meet in New York in the fall to compete in the finale of the GreatMind Brain Game Challenge.

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