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Prevacid 24HR receives approval for OTC sale

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Novartis Consumer Healthcare on Thursday announced that its Rx-to-OTC switch application of the proton-pump inhibitor Prevacid 24HR has been approved for sale OTC and will soon be available on shelf.

“This is an important development for the 50 million Americans who suffer from frequent heartburn,” stated Brian Fennerty of Oregon Health and Science University. “Prescription-strength Prevacid 24HR treats frequent heartburn for a full 24 hours [and] will be an effective and well-tolerated over-the-counter option for treating frequent heartburn.”

In clinical studies, some people experienced complete relief of symptoms within 24 hours, however, it may take one to four days for full effect, similar to Prilosec OTC, Novartis noted.

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First Boston Pharma acquires NutraMax Products

BY Michael Johnsen

GLOUCESTER, Mass. First Boston Pharma on Wednesday announced its acquisition of NutraMax Products, a contract manufacturer of solid dose and soft chew pharmaceuticals and supplements.

The company will now be known as First Boston Pharma. Leading the First Boston Pharma organization will be Mario Medri, the company stated.

 

“The acquisition by [Medri] and the First Boston Pharma Group will propel the company further and faster along the trajectory we are on, particularly with designer products for pharmaceuticals and supplement markets,” stated Rodney Plunkett, First Boston Pharma EVP. “To have the industry’s foremost innovator leading First Boston Pharma into the future is an exciting prospect for us and for our customers.”

The acquisition of NutraMax by First Boston Pharma will provide the necessary resources for the company to pursue its strategy of innovation in the over-the-counter drugs and supplements categories.

“One of our key strategies is to move to a supply base integrity model, which gives our customers the differentiated products they need, when they want them,” Medri said.

NutraMax Products should not be confused with the Maryland-based company with a similar name — Nutramax Laboratories — which distributes a number of supplement products, including the glucosamine/chondroitin product Cosamin DS.

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BSC, CRN join forces for Better Sleep Month

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Better Sleep Council and the Council for Responsible Nutrition last week joined forces for Better Sleep Month in May to help consumers enjoy a stress-less, good night’s sleep. In order to get the best rest possible and help relieve stress, the BSC and CRN suggested it’s essential for Americans to make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

“When you’re stressed, and similarly when you are tired, every aspect of your waking life is affected, from work to personal relationships and even concentration,” stated BSC spokesperson and lifestyle expert Lissa Coffey. “Controlling stress and getting a good night’s rest start by evaluating your lifestyle and creating a healthy daily regimen that you can stick to. This includes adequate sleep, balanced diet, daily vitamins and healthy exercise.”

New research from Oklahoma State University confirms that cyclically poor sleep can elevate stress. The OSU study, “Back Pain, Sleep Quality and Perceived Stress Following Introduction of New Bedding Systems,” published in the March 2009 Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, also suggests that improved sleep quality not only reduces stress, but also helps us manage everyday stress.

“Studies show that healthy individuals tend to engage in many healthy habits — eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, exercising regularly and getting adequate amounts of sleep — as an integrative approach to wellness,” stated Douglas MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN. MacKay, a licensed naturopathic doctor, suggested certain supplements, including melatonin, magnesium and calcium, may help individuals relax or promote healthy sleep patterns.

“Herbals and other dietary supplements can be safe and effective ways to help individuals achieve quality sleep,” MacKay said. “You should consult a doctor or healthcare professional to determine which supplements are the best regimen for your lifestyle.”

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