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Nature Made introduces suite of advanced probiotics

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Nature Made announced Tuesday the introduction of a new digestive probiotic. Developed to provide a better solution versus most single-strained probiotics, Nature Made Advanced Dual Support targets both parts of the digestive tract, which helps support digestive flora balance with the added benefit of supporting regularity. 
 
In addition to the Advanced Dual Support Probiotic, Nature Made also launched a suite of probiotic products designed to meet the specific daily health needs of consumers, and include Women's, Men's, Prenatal and Daily Balance.
 
"By expanding our probiotics line to target individual needs, we are able to offer a more customized approach to our consumers' digestive health," stated Jamie Sakaguchi, brand manager for Nature Made. "We also know consumers are turning to probiotics to help with digestive balance, and our new Advanced Dual Support provides two, high-quality, scientifically-studied probiotics to provide comprehensive digestive coverage."
 
 
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Actavis, Perrigo launch NBE to Mucinex D

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN – Actavis and its partner Perrigo announced Tuesday that Actavis has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its abbreviated new drug application for guaifenesin/pseudoephedrine tablets and that Perrigo will begin shipments in time for the cough/cold season to its retail and wholesale customers in the U.S. The product will be packaged and marketed under store and proprietary brands and will be a high quality, value alternative to Mucinex D tablets.
 
Mucinex D tablets, an expectorant indicated to relieve chest congestion and make coughs more productive, had sales of approximately $83 million through food, drug and mass merchandisers over the last 12 months, according to the companies.
 
"The FDA's approval of this complex product highlights the strength of Actavis' world-class generic R&D capabilities and underscores our commitment to continued innovation within our generics business," stated Robert Stewart, EVP Actavis and president, generics and global operations. 
 
  
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CHPA introduces OTC Academy

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday officially launched OTC Academy, a new educational brand for the association and a go-to source for professional education on the consumer healthcare industry. Designed to expand the knowledge of industry professionals, OTC Academy will provide a comprehensive overview of business-critical topics through three different learning formats, including e-learning, seminars and workshops. 
 
“We are thrilled to introduce OTC Academy on behalf of our member companies to enhance education on industry trends, challenges and opportunities,” stated Scott Melville, president and CEO of CHPA. “We will be leveraging our membership to identify topics and serve as a faculty of content experts to conduct timely and relevant educational programming. The Academy’s curriculum will constantly evolve and allow industry professionals to stay up-to-date on relevant industry topics such as compliance, product quality, legal, policy and sales and marketing, while providing them with resources to thrive in today’s marketplace.” 
 
OTC Academy was created for industry professionals who seek to learn more on key topics and regulatory issues. The programs will be tailored for three levels of experience, including:
 
Basic – For professionals who are new to the industry and want to learn general information and best practices or for those in the industry looking for a refresher on the basics;Intermediate –  For professionals with 3-5 years of experience looking to obtain a deeper understanding about specific topics; andAdvanced – For professionals with 10-plus years of experience who wish to further their expertise on a niche topic.
 
“The launch of OTC Academy is a helpful new offering for the consumer healthcare industry,” continued Melville. “By providing both new and seasoned industry professionals with important information on key topics related to OTC medicines, CHPA and its member companies will be better able to meet the healthcare needs of consumers while also developing new skills and insights to grow their businesses.” 
 
The first OTC Academy seminar, “OTC 101,” will take place Oct. 14-15, 2015, in New Brunswick, N.J., and will provide a background overview of the OTC medicine and dietary supplements industries.  
 
 
 
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