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ReVive to be distributed at local pharmacies

BY Michael Johnsen

HOBOKEN, N.J. Bio Medical Research Limited is making a concentrated effort this spring in placing its ReVive product, approved by the Food and Drug Administration last summer, onto drug store shelves.

ReVive helps to soothe tired muscles and promotes muscle recovery using a clinically-proven technology called electronic muscle stimulation.

The portable product provides six different muscle conditioning and recovery programs to soothe upper and lower back, shoulder, calf and other muscle groups commonly aggravated by regular exercise or exertion, Patricia Smith, CEO of Bio Medical, noted. “ReVive provides consumers with the professional technology used by physical therapists in a single, easy-to-use consumer product designed specifically for today’s active consumers.”

Bio Medical was originally sold through retailers like Sports Authority, GNC and Bed, Bath and Beyond, but is now taking a more targeted approach through pharmacies like A&P’s pharmacy banners and online druggist drugstore.com.

The ReVive muscle wellness product is currently approved for purchase using flexible spending accounts, Bio Medical noted.

Bio Medical is also developing a new product for pain relief in June, which uses TENS technology.

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Sharfstein to temporarily act as FDA commissioner

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. Former Baltimore health commissioner Joshua Sharfstein will serve as acting Food and Drug Commissioner beginning March 30 until President Barack Obama’s nominee for the FDA top spot, former New York City health commissioner Margaret Hamburg, is confirmed for the position.

According to published reports, Frank Torti, who was serving as acting FDA commissioner since former FDA commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach resigned in January, will return to his job at Wake Forest University April 4.

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WomenHeart, Cheerios to conduct free cholesterol screenings

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON WomenHeart on Friday partnered with the Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts Tour for its second year, the organization announced, as they prepare to conduct free cholesterol screenings April 2 through April 6 at various Jons, Superior and Cardenas supermarkets in Southern California.

WomenHeart volunteers, all heart disease survivors, will provide educational information and a forum for discussion with women at all screening sites.

This year’s tour kicks off the first of several more 2009 Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts Tours nationwide. The tours and free cholesterol screenings are made possible by General Mills Corporation through funds raised from an on-box promotion for WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

The free screenings for women include a cholesterol test, measuring total HDL, LDL and triglycerides; a blood pressure measurement and a body mass index calculation.

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