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Industry organizations join forces to dispute new FDA restrictions

BY DSN STAFF

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Several organizations representing retailers and consumer healthcare product manufacturers want Congress to reverse a provision in the healthcare-reform act that would prohibit the use of flexible spending accounts to purchase over-the-counter medicines without a prescription.

The provision, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in March, goes into effect Jan. 1. Organizations opposing the provision include the Global Market Development Center, a trade association representing suppliers, retailers and wholesalers of general merchandise, health, beauty and wellness products, as well as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the National Grocers Association.

“The new FDA restrictions will add additional confusion [and] expense, and eliminate a benefit many consumers have come to depend upon to cost-effectively purchase medicines they need,” GMDC president and CEO Dave McConnell said in a statement. “Consumers depend on OTC medicines as a first line of defense for their families’ healthcare needs, and retail stores are in the business of providing remedies in an accessible, consumer-friendly way.”

 

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Elmer’s takes glue products to the ‘max’

BY Allison Cerra

COLUMBUS, Ohio Elmer’s is extending its hardware line with two new "max" versions of its glue products.

Elmer’s new Carpenter’s Wood Glue Max and Glue-All Max products enhance the strength and performance of two of Elmer’s most well-known brands, the company said.

Elmer’s products are available nationwide.

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Bendaroos help kids bend, stretch imagination

BY Allison Cerra

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. Budget-conscious parents looking to entertain their kids this holiday season can look no further than Allstar Products Group’s Bendaroos.

Bendaroos, the flexible, bending sticks that provide hours of fun, now are available in glow-in-the-dark and SpongeBob SquarePants packs. Available in a 500-piece pack for $19.99 and 300-piece pack for $14.99, Bendaroos are a great stocking stuffer for crafty kids. Other pack sizes available include 100- and 200-piece packs for $5.99 to $9.99.

"We understand families are still cautious when it comes to holiday spending, and we’re proud to offer a quality, creative play experience that engages children and doesn’t break the bank," said Anne Flynn, VP marketing for Allstar Products Group.

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