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Mexican product released in U.S. may prevent erectile dysfunction

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN FRANCISCO Hispanic men between the ages of 20 and 50 are two and a half times as likely as men of other races and ethnicities to develop erectile dysfunction, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2005.

A product on the market in Mexico since 2004 and recently introduced in the United States might address the problem. CRB Ventures said the product, The Sensual Tea, has a rate of effectiveness of 87.3 percent in treating erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation and has no side effects.

“It is possible to prevent sexual problems from ever occurring,” CRB Ventures president Christian Beasley said in a statement. “The Sensual Tea overcomes low libido and sexual fatigue and enhances the pleasure and intensity of sex.”

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Medical Nutrition USA reports spike in branded product revenue for 3Q 2008

BY Jenna Duncan

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. Medical Nutrition USA today announced the results for its third quarter 2008, ended Oct. 31.

The company reported that its branded product revenue jumped 11 percent to more than $3 million, up from $2.7 million on a 26 percent unit sales increase, and offset by price reductions, over 2007’s results.

Medical Nutrition USA said its total sales were steady, increasing about 0.01 percent. The company also said that gross margin remained steady at about 53 percent.

The company reported that its incoming net cash from operating activities was $492,200, compared to $598,600, in 2007. And net loss was reportedly $50,900, compared to a net income of $220,000, or $0.01 per share.

For the nine months ended Oct. 31, Medical Nutrition USA said that its branded product revenue increased 13 percent to $9 million, up from around $8 million for the same time the previous year. Total sales rose 5 percent to around $10 million, up from $9 million for the same time period the previous year, the company said. Gross profit totaled $5. million, comprising 53 percent of sales.

“Our results reflect the ongoing successful implementation of our plan to accelerate market penetration through expansion of our sales force and more aggressive pricing. Unit sales of branded products continue to increase handsomely, growing at 26 percent for the quarter and 28 percent for the nine months as a result of sales to both new and existing customers as well as new products. Private label sales are expected to continue to decline modestly over time as part of our long-term strategy to deemphasize private label sales in favor of branded product sales. Overall, we remain very much on track and are pleased with our performance for the quarter,” chairman and chief executive officer Frank Newman said.

Medical Nutrition USA develops and distributes supplement products, such as Pro-Stat bottled liquid protein and UTI-stat liquid antioxidant supplement for cleansing the urinary tract, for “nutritionally at-risk” patients under longterm care and/or medical supervision.

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CRN announces second year of ‘Life … supplemented’ educational campaign

BY Jenna Duncan

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition today announced that its “Life … supplemented” nutritional supplement awareness campaign is continuing for the second year, will be supported by physicians as spokespeople, and that recent study results showed that more healthcare professionals recommend patients take supplements—and take supplements themselves.

Results of the 2008 Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, an overview of attitudes on supplement use by cardiologists, dermatologists and orthopedics, revealed that professionals in these healthcare fields recommend and also use dietary supplements for wellness and enhanced health. The study also said that practitioners in these fields believe supplement use has gone more mainstream than five years ago.

Of orthopedic specialists, 73 percent said that they take supplements and 91 percent said that they recommend supplements to their patients. Of the pool of cardiologists, 57 percent said that they regularly take supplements and 72 percent reported that they recommend them to their patients. And, 79 percent of the dermatologists surveyed said they take supplements, and 66 percent said that they recommend them.

The survey pool included 300 specialists from each field with a margin of error of 3.3 percent.

CRN has also named three healthcare professionals who will serve as spokespeople for the “Life … supplemented” campaign. Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist based in New York, cardiothoracic surgeon William Cooper of Emory University and UCLA orthopedic specialist Nick Shamie will speak on behalf of the benefits of supplements.

“We learned from the 2007 HCP Impact Study that physicians and nurses are taking supplements as part of a proactive wellness regimen that also includes healthy diet and regular exercise,” Judy Blatman, senior vice president of communications at CRN said. “With the second year of this study, we were able to dive into specific specialties and find similar trends, further demonstrating the important role for doctors in incorporating dietary supplements as an integral part of wellness.”

The 2008 study followed a similar 2007 HCP Impact study conducted by CRN which concluded about 72 percent of physicians and 89 percent of nurses use dietary supplements themselves. Of the physicians, 79 percent and 82 percent of the nurses involved in that survey said they recommend dietary supplements to patients. 

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