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Native Remedies products to be sold at online retailers

BY Michael Johnsen

BOCA RATON, Fla. Native Remedies on Wednesday announced that through partnership with Nutritional Products International, their top-selling Internet products now are available at the nation’s foremost online retailers, including Amazon.com, CVS.com and Drugstore.com.

“We are thrilled to have our products available at these top retailers,” stated Native Remedies president George Luntz. “As Native Remedies grows, it is great to have a business partner like NPI helping to expand our market reach. We expect 2010 to be a banner year for us and for NPI.”

Native Remedies features a line of more than 250 herbal and homeopathy products.

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McNeil Consumer Healthcare temporarily suspends operations in Pa. facility

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. In a statement released Tuesday, McNeil Consumer Healthcare stated: “The quality issues that [the Food and Drug Administration] has observed, many of which we had recently identified in our own quality reviews and communicated to the FDA, are unacceptable to us, and not indicative of how McNeil Consumer Healthcare intends to operate.”

McNeil Consumer Healthcare last week voluntarily recalled all lots that have not yet expired of certain over-the-counter children’s and infants’ liquid products in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration. The agency suggested that McNeil’s Fort Washington, Pa. plant may not be compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices.

“Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles,” the FDA stated on its Web site.

Both the FDA and McNeil suggested the risk for adverse events associated with the recalled products was relatively low.

Following the recall, McNeil has temporarily suspended production at its Fort Washington production facility. “We will not restart operations until we have taken the necessary corrective actions and can assure the quality of products made there,” McNeil stated. “We will continue to work in close consultation with the FDA to take corrective action and ensure that our quality operations meet the high standards that consumers expect from us.”

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APhA survey: Pharmacists recommend over-the-counter products to consumers

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Pharmacists believe that 82% of consumers purchase over-the-counter products that actually were recommended to them by a pharmacist, according to the most recent “Pharmacy Today Over-the-Counter Product” survey conducted by the American Pharmacists Association.

The survey, completed by more than 1,000 APhA member and nonmember pharmacists, also found that pharmacists counsel 29 patients on average per week around the use of nonprescription medicines. Patients who seek their pharmacist’s advice include patients requiring assistance in identifying the most appropriate product (90%), patients that are worried about using an OTC product with other prescription medications (80%), patients suffering from an acute or chronic condition (79%), and patients worried about taking OTC products with a specific disease/condition (65%).

“Pharmacists are the medication experts on the healthcare team,” stated Thomas Menighan, APhA CEO. “[They] are trained not only about prescription medications, but also nonprescription medications, supplements and herbals.”

One of APhA’s goals in conducting the annual “Pharmacy Today Over-the-Counter Product” survey is to educate consumers that pharmacists have the knowledge and training to help them select the right OTC medications. As part of the survey, pharmacists are asked to tabulate the OTC products they recommend per week in 76 different product categories.

As part of the survey, pharmacists were asked how many times per week they had recommended each product. Those brands that indexed higher than 60% among pharmacist recommendations included: Procter & Gamble’s Crest Whitestrips (87%); GlaxoSmithKline’s Breathe Right (74%); Amerifit Brands’ AZO Test Strips (UTI test) (72%); Church & Dwight’s First Response (ovulation test kits) (70%); McNeil Consumer’s Sudafed (70%); Omron blood pressure monitors (70%); Reckit Benckiser’s Mucinex family of products (63%).

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