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NACDS to Senate: Prevent move to ‘personal importation’ of prescription drugs

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An amendment to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that would prohibit the FDA from preventing an individual not in the business of importing a prescription drug from importing prescription drugs from Canada, has sparked concern with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

In a letter to U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., NACDS urged the U.S. Senate to consider the patient safety consequences of allowing "personal importation" of prescription drugs and to refrain from moving to such a system through an amendment to the legislation that allocates funds to the FDA.

"NACDS shares your goal of reducing the cost of prescription drugs," NACDS wrote. "However, we do not believe that consumer safety can be ensured under a prescription drug reimportation system. In addition to questions concerning the safety and effectiveness of imported drugs, individuals who obtain medications through personal importation are less likely to benefit from the professional services of their local licensed pharmacist. Prescription drug misuse and nonadherence accounts for as much as $290 billion dollars annually; therefore, it is more important than ever to foster relationships between patients and pharmacists.

"Additionally, NACDS is very concerned about the growing problem of illegal Internet drug sellers. Your amendment would allow for re-imported drugs to be sold over such websites, yet illegitimate websites are not pharmacies, and are not licensed in the United States. They often ship unapproved, counterfeit, mislabeled or adulterated products presenting serious health and safety concerns. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on developing policy solutions that target these illegitimate drug sellers at chokepoints and construct appropriate barriers to the illicit activities."

As alternatives for helping to reduce healthcare costs, NACDS urged support for S. 274, the Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2011, which it believes would improve Medicare’s utilization of pharmacist-patient interactions to help patients take medications appropriately, and S.1356, the Affordable Medicines Utilization Act, which would encourage states to increase Medicaid generic dispensing rates.


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Glad ‘trashes’ excess plastic for more green product

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Glad wants consumers to waste less by making its tall kitchen trash bags more green.

Glad said that its tall kitchen bags are stronger and use less plastic, and will carry the claims on its packaging. The brand’s Glad tall kitchen bags and Glad OdorShield Fresh Scents tall kitchen drawstring bags utilize 6.5% less plastic, the company said. What’s more, Glad also touts a 65% recycled kitchen bag, made from 65% recycled plastic, as well as compostable bags that are made with approximately 40% vegetable-based materials so they disintegrate at compost facilities.

Glad products are available at retailers nationwide.

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P&G launches new oral care products to target garlic, onion breath

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Scope hit the road this summer to encourage people to breathe easy after savoring the flavor of their favorite foods — especially onions and garlic. Appearing at food festivals across the country, Scope introduced its latest collection of products featuring new Dual-Blast technology, which helps eliminate strong food odors, such as onion and garlic, while killing bad breath germs.

The new offering includes Scope Dual-Blast mouthwash and Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Extra White + Scope Dual-Blast toothpaste.

This summer, Scope Dual-Blast was put to the ultimate torture test at food festivals around the country. Among the stops was the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., which is otherwise known as the "Garlic Capital of the World." Festival-goers were able to visit the Scope Dual-Blast booth to freshen-up with new Scope Dual-Blast mouthwash and Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Extra White + Scope Dual-Blast toothpaste. In addition to the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Scope Dual-Blast toured the country through September stopping at 22 food festivals and football games.

Joining Dual-Blast in the bad breath crusade is Food Network’s Sunny Anderson, who combines her love of classic comfort foods along with unique, bold flavors inspired by her many travels around the world. Anderson partnered with Scope to show people that they can breathe easy even after enjoying her most flavorful dishes thanks to the new Dual-Blast technology.

"The new Scope Dual-Blast mouthwash and Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Extra White + Scope Dual-Blast toothpaste feature the unique dual-action technology that not only kills 98% of bad breath germs, but the rinse blasts away strong food odors and the toothpaste helps to eliminate strong aftertastes so they won’t be noticed," stated Veronica Sanchez, scientific communication for P&G Global Oral Care. "Our innovative Dual-Blast technology captures the odor-emitting volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) from foods such as garlic and onions, helping to neutralize strong food odors in the mouth."

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