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Olympian Michael Phelps launches PureSport athletic drinks

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO Michael Phelps, winner of eight gold medals during this year’s summer Olympics, officially launched his PureSport brand of performance beverages here on Saturday.

PureSport features an optimal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio of 2:67-to-1 that was created by University of Texas’ John Ivy. The two PureSport formulations include, PureSport Workout, which is used prior to and during exercise to improve endurance and reduce muscle tissue damage, and PureSport Recovery, which is used within 30 minutes of completing a workout to speed the storage of muscle and liver glycogen and promote muscle tissue repair.  

More than 1,500 fans turned out to meet Phelps and learn more about the sports beverage that was a big part of his success, according to Phelps.

Among the athletes who have incorporated PureSport into their training regimens are world-class swimmers Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Aaron Peirsol, as well as Gold medal gymnast, Nastia Liukin.

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FDA gives tentative approval for Perrigo OTC pain drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. The Food and Drug Administration has given Perrigo tentative approval for its OTC ibuprofen and diphenhydramine citrate tablets, Perrigo announced Wednesday.

The product, available in 200 mg and 38 mg doses, will be sold under private labels and is comparable to Wyeths Advil PM pain-relief tablets.

“This is another example of Perrigo’s investment in new products making quality healthcare more affordable to American consumers,” Perrigo chairman and chief executive officer Joseph Papa said in a statement. “This is an important addition to our portfolio of products that saves the consumer of our OTC healthcare products approximately $1 billion annually when compared to the higher priced national brands.”

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Nature’s Bounty receives recognition for ‘going greener’

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. NBTY, parent company of Nature’s Bounty, was recently recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership as a Business Leader for Energy Efficiency, thanks in part to a 35-year heritage of seeking greener alternatives in the manufacture and distribution of dietary supplements.

Nature’s Bounty’s green initiatives started more than three decades ago when they began using recyclable plastic bottles, the supplement manufacturer stated. Since then, PETE and HDPE bottles, two 100-percent recyclable plastic formulations, have been used to package more than 300 products. Recycled “pellets” from these bottles are so versatile that they end up being reused in clothing, carpets and even other product packages.

“Recycling initiatives are just one part of Nature’s Bounty’s ‘going greener’ efforts,” commented Kimberly O’Connell, marketing director for Nature’s Bounty. Nature’s Bounty participates in its “Healthy You, Healthy Earth” campaign to give greater focus to environmental efforts, she noted. For example, the company partnered with both the Trees for the Future—an environmental organization that plants trees all around the world—and the Go Green Initiative, which focuses on educating children about the environment.

Trees for the Future has planted over 50 million trees, which removes approximately 1 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year. Nature’s Bounty’s goal is to help them plant 1 million more trees by 2010.

Go Green Initiative programs are up and running in schools in every state, as well as Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada and Mexico.

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