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NAD recommends Removyl to discontinue certain advertising claims

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus on Tuesday recommended that Removyl Corp. discontinue weight-loss claims in advertising for the Removyl Advanced Formula dietary supplement products, including: “Recent studies have shown that the combination of 13 known essential oils prevents fat from building in the body by stimulating the body to break it down and eliminate it on a daily basis;” “It is possible to lose up to 2 lbs. per day in the first three weeks, without any effort;” and “You are going to notice that your weight will have dropped by almost 1 lb. in as little as 8 hours.”

In this case, the NAD noted, the advertiser relied solely on studies on green tea extracts, not on the advertised product Removyl (the essential oils), to support its advertising claims. However, the NAD determined that none of the cited green tea studies supported the specific weight-loss claims being made.

Further, the NAD determined that there was insufficient evidence in the record to support rapid weight-loss claims. While there was limited evidence that certain ingredients in Removyl are recognized as possessing diuretic and laxative properties, there was no evidence that the amounts of these ingredients contained in Removyl would have such effects, and none of the evidence rose to the level that would support specific fast weight-loss claims. The NAD recommended that claims suggesting rapid weight loss be discontinued.

In response to the NAD’s opening letter, Removyl informed the NAD that it has suspended all advertising purchases for Removyl Advanced Formula, and that no further advertising would be booked in the future until the the NAD’s review was complete.

The company, in its advertiser’s statement, added that it has not offered the product for sale since April, although it has shipped remaining orders.

The review is a part of the NAD’s ongoing monitoring program in conjunction with the NAD’s initiative with the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

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Take Care Health Systems expands treatment for skin conditions, minor injuries

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK News that Take Care Health Systems now offers treatment for skin conditions and minor injuries is further evidence that the retail-based clinic model continues to evolve and implement valuable services to augment patients’ healthcare needs.

 

With more than 48 million skin examinations conducted each year that result in 3.2 million viral wart procedures and 3.3 million skin tag removals, that is a lot of physician time that can be diverted to those professionals working within Take Care’s 340-plus clinics spread throughout 19 states. For patients, being able to stop by a Take Care Clinic offers a convenient and affordable treatment option.

 

 

The same can be said for the other services now offered through Take Care Clinics, such as the treatment of skin irritations (contact dermatitis), the closure of minor cuts with Dermabond and an expanded scope of skin evaluation and treatment for skin infections, injuries and rashes.

 

 

It is no secret that the country suffers not only from skyrocketing healthcare costs but also a physician shortage and retail-based clinics continue to demonstrate the important role they play in today’s overburdened healthcare system. Industry observers can be certain that they will continue to see expanded services being offered at clinic operators nationwide.

 

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Confirm Biosciences introduces DrugConfirm test

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO Confirm BioSciences on Friday introduced its new DrugConfirm test, an instant-results test for six different illegal drugs that features push button technology. Once the urine is collected and the button on the cup is pushed, the urine will be held in a secure chamber thus eliminating donor manipulation.

DrugConfirm tests for marijuana, cocaine, opiates (such as heroin), methamphetamines, PCP and amphetamines.

More than 3 million youths between the ages of 12 and 17 used marijuana at least once during the past year, according to Department of Health statistics.

“Today more and more parents have the ability to implement drug testing policies within their households, helping deter their own children from becoming part of this statistic,” the company stated. “DrugConfirm test results are instant, so parents can find out right away whether or not their loved ones are using. They also have the option to send the urine sample to the lab for a confirmation screening for extra validation.”

Two-thirds of parents would ask their teenage son or daughter to take a home drug test as a means of keeping them away from drugs, according to a 2006 survey of 2,064 parents, the company noted.

“Parents are the number one deterrent to a teen’s decision to use drugs,” stated Zeynep Ilgaz, Confirm BioSciences CEO. “Studies have shown that the average age of first drug use is 13; more than one-third of teens have used drugs, including almost one in six middle school students and 30% of their high school counterparts reporting marijuana use; and 13% of high school students report using drugs such as cocaine, crack or ecstasy.”

Suggested retail price for the kit is $23.99, which includes prepaid shipping materials for lab, urinalysis report, lab fee and a free counseling hotline.

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