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Independent Pharmacy Alliance endorses INR Wellness immune support products

BY Michael Johnsen

MT. KISCO, N.Y. — The Independent Pharmacy Alliance, a trade group and retail pharmacy buying cooperative representing more than 3,000 independent pharmacies in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, will endorse ImmuDyne's full line of INR Wellness immune support products. 
 
"I have been using INR Wellness for more than 10 years and my enhanced immune system has protected me beyond all my expectations," stated John Giampolo, IPA president. "You may recall that about 10 years ago, IPA launched a complex vitamin program to complement your patients' particular disease states. During the educational process to over 600 IPA members provided by many PhD nutritional experts, I discovered ImmuDyne and how its preventative impact affected me. I can highly recommend this product for all members, their families and their patients. Because of my experience, IPA has contracted with ImmuDyne at very special and affordable pricing. Your patients will surely appreciate your care when their resistance to seasonal illness improves."
 
"We appreciate the endorsement from IPA," said Mark McLaughlin, ImmuDyne president and CEO. "We can do a lot of good for the 3,000 independent pharmacies served by IPA, in the New York, New Jersey markets." 
 
"Millions of American suffer from a suppressed immune system," said Todd Goldman, ImmuDyne SVP. "Immune responses are many times depressed by various external influences including emotional stress, physical stressors such as inadequate sleep or athletic overtraining, environmental and occupational chemical exposure, UV and other types of radiation, common viral or bacterial infections, certain drug therapies, blood transfusions and operations. The human immune system is highly complex and important to our well-being. A strong and balanced immune system is required for health maintenance. Studies show by using ImmuDyne's beta glucan, it is possible to help restore an immune system imbalance or weakness."
 
 
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Kimberly-Clark introduces latest in incontinence wear

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS  — Kimberly-Clark on Monday introduced the new Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs, a moderate-absorbency brief featuring a thin design for complete comfort and an underwear-like look, fit and feel. A category first, this new product is available in beige and black colors. The launch of Silhouette Active Fit briefs comes in the 2nd year of Underwareness – the largest effort to date, created by Depend, to help break down the stigma surrounding bladder leakage while supporting the millions of people who experience it.
 
“For the past 31 years, the Depend brand has led the incontinence category by introducing product innovations and dignified solutions that continuously help meet consumers’ needs and help manage their bladder leakage,” said Elizabeth Metz, Depend brand director, Kimberly-Clark. “With the launch of new Silhouette Active Fit briefs, we want to give women who experience bladder leakage the comfort, protection and confidence they deserve and we’re thrilled to be able to offer yet another product that helps them live a vibrant, fulfilled life.”
 
The launch of Silhouette Active Fit briefs in year two of Underwareness includes support from renowned fashion expert Carson Kressley, entertainer and celebrity television host Sheryl Underwood and talk show host and practicing urologist Jennifer Berman. They, along with the Depend brand, will encourage consumers to experience the difference of Silhouette Active Fit briefs and show their support for those experiencing bladder leakage by sharing photos and videos on social media using #Underwareness. For each share, the Depend brand will continue to donate $1, up to a cumulative total of $3 million through 2016, to The Simon Foundation for Continence and United Way Worldwide.
 
“I’m passionate about empowering women to feel their best by helping them feel confident in what they’re wearing,” said Kressley. “Women with bladder leakage will be thrilled to learn about Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs because the product is smooth under clothes – whether that’s a pair of yoga pants at the gym, a pencil skirt for work or a dress for date night.” 
 
Underwood will support the second year of Underwareness by continuing to share her personal experience with bladder leakage and encouraging other women with the condition to try Silhouette Active Fit briefs.
 
“It’s time people realize that bladder leakage doesn’t mean you have to live a hidden or inactive lifestyle. Look at me as an example – by using Depend products, I feel feminine and free, I’m able to walk the red carpet, I exercise regularly and I work on TV and radio shows without slowing down,” said Underwood. “And I’m so excited Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs come in black and beige colors – I’ve been dreaming of a product like this for years, because it’s comfortable and it looks like real underwear.”
 
The launch of Depend Silhouette Active Fit briefs and year two of Underwareness commercial program includes a robust digital presence, a top-tier presence at BlogHer 2015, TV advertising, digital partnerships, product sampling and retail support.
 
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NY AG brings herbal supplement fight to Congress

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK —– As part of the latest salvo from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of New York against the dietary supplement industry, Schneiderman announced Thursday he and Attorney General Greg Zoeller of Indiana today are leading a bipartisan group of 14 attorneys general calling on Congressional leaders to launch a comprehensive inquiry into the herbal supplements industry. The group has sent a letter asking for Congress to consider a more robust oversight role for the Food and Drug Administration with respect to herbal supplements. 
 
“It is unfortunate that the New York State Attorney General has spearheaded a request for Congress to spend taxpayers’ money to ‘launch a comprehensive congressional inquiry into the herbal supplements industry’ when the industry is already amply regulated on a federal level by FDA and FTC," charged Steve Mister, president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. "In fact, concerns raised in that letter about alleged widespread safety issues are not true, based on government’s post-market surveillance system which demonstrates relatively few safety issues for these products, particularly in comparison to other industries regulated by FDA."
 
Mister noted that the "serious concerns" raised by Schneiderman have been widely criticized not only by the supplements industry, but also critics of the herbal supplements industry and a number of journalists. 
 
"Despite these considerable doubts, the NY AG refuses to share his test results and methodology with FDA, with the media who continue to report on this story, with the companies implicated in those results, or even with the other state AGs he has persuaded to join in his campaign. In fact, an agreement between the NY AG and one of these companies earlier in the week explicitly stated that there were no issues with the herbal supplements being investigated, and because of this, the products were returned to the store shelves."
 
“Attorney General Schneiderman has admitted that the federal Good Manufacturing Practices currently in place for dietary supplements are sufficient, and companies such as GNC are in compliance with those, but yet he moves forward in his request to spend federal taxpayer dollars on an investigation into an industry that is fully regulated by the FDA," added Daniel Fabricant, CEO and executive director of the Natural Products Association. "The Natural Products Association regards this most recent action by Attorney General Schneiderman as added harassment based on science fiction. For the past two months, the attorney general has continued to escalate his attack on the supplement industry without any legitimate data to back up his arguments.
 
“My focus is on ensuring the best consumer protections for dietary and herbal supplements, and eliminating potential false or deceptive labeling that could be harmful to consumers,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. “My fellow attorneys general and I are urging Congress to consider stronger federal oversight of the herbal supplements industry so that members of the public have full information about a product they are ingesting.”
 
The letter to Congressional leaders is co-signed by Attorneys General George Jepsen, D-Conn.; Karl Racine, D-D.C.; David Louie, D-Hawaii; Lawrence Wasden, R-Idaho; Greg Zoeller, R-Ind.; Tom Miller, D-Iowa; Jack Conway, D-Ky.; Maura Healey, D-Mass.; Jim Hood, D-Miss.; Joseph Foster, D-N.H.; Joey San Nicolas, D-Northern Mariana Islands; Kathleen Kane, D-Pa.; and Peter Kilmartin, D-R.I. 
 
In February of 2015, Schneiderman asked major retailers to halt the sale of certain herbal supplements following DNA tests that failed to detect plant materials listed on the labels of the majority of products tested. Earlier this month, Schneiderman announced the formation of a multi-state coalition as part of an expanded probe of the herbal supplement industry.
 
Earlier this week Schneiderman announced a historic agreement with GNC to implement landmark reforms for herbal supplements. Under the agreement, GNC, one of the nation’s largest supplement retailers, will use DNA barcoding to authenticate plants used in supplements and adopt new testing standards to prevent contamination. 
 
 
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