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Ripped Fuel manufacturer takes issue with A-Rod’s comments

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK ISI Brands, manufacturer of Twinlab Ripped Fuel, took exception to comments made by Alex Rodriguez during the Major League Baseballer’s press conference on Feb. 17 around Rodriguez’s prior steroid use.

In response to whether or not Rodriguez experimented with anything else during the course of his career, Rodrgiuez said, “What I used to take a lot in, especially the Seattle days, was something called Ripped Fuel. Since, it has been banned from Major League Baseball, I believe, and also it has been removed from the shelves from GNC. I used to dabble with that some.”

“Twinlab Ripped Fuel does not now, nor has it ever, contained any steroids,” stated Mark Fox, president of ISI Brands, in a statement released Feb. 19. “We take the safety of all our products very seriously and the trust earned over 40 years of use by professional and aspiring athletes alike is a source of pride for our entire company and speaks to the consistent high performance of our formulas.”

ISI Brands purchased the Twinlab brand in December 2003. While prior to that time the previous owners manufactured certain Ripped Fuel products with ephedra, ISI has never manufactured, marketed or sold any product containing ephedra, the company stated. No Ripped Fuel product sold by ISI Brands today contains any ingredient that has been banned by the MLB, the company added.

GNC currently carries ISI Brands’ Ripped Fuel, contrary to Rodriguez’s statement.

The Food and Drug Administration first moved against the ingredient ephedra in December 2003, issuing a consumer alert against the use of ephedra and announcing that the agency would publish a rule banning sale of the ingredient in 2004.

Ephedra use also banned by The International Olympic Committee, National Football League and National Collegiate Athletic Association. Major League Baseball prohibits players with minor league contracts from taking the substance.

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Carex launches Designer Quad Canes

BY Michael Johnsen

OAKLAND, Calif. Carex Health Brands recently launched a line of Designer Quad Canes in Pink Floral Hydrangea and Blue Satin patterns.

The new quad canes are ideal for people who are independent enough to use one-hand walking aids, but still need the four point stability that quad canes can provide. Featuring a lower center of gravity for increased stability and balance, Carex’s Designer Quad Canes also offer a cushioned offset handle that reduces pressure on the wrist and are adaptable for both right- and left-hand users by rotation around the base.

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GSK, Wynonna Judd commence mobile bus tour for weight loss drug Alli

BY Michael Johnsen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. GlaxoSmithKline and Wynonna Judd on Thursday announced the kick-off for a nationwide mobile bus tour promoting GSK’s commitment to healthy weight loss through lifestyle changes. GSK markets the over-the-counter weight loss drug Alli.

Beginning Feb. 19 in Los Angeles, the mobile bus will embark on a two-month, coast-to-coast trip, traveling throughout the United States to a series of festivals and retailers, as well as select Judd concerts.

The Alli tour bus will arrive at each location, complete with a registered dietician and brand ambassadors, and offer information on the alli program.

The exterior of the Alli mobile tour bus will be outfitted with a flat panel television featuring one of Judd’s music videos, along with messages the country superstar welcoming visitors to the Alli mobile tour. Select songs from her latest album, Sing, will be broadcast over the buses built in audio system.

The Alli mobile bus tour will finish its journey in April with a final stop in Atlanta.

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