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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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Woodward Labs launches at-home nail fungus screening kit

BY Michael Johnsen

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. Woodward Laboratories on Tuesday launched the Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit, the first at-home screening kit that helps diagnose toe and finger nail fungus.

“People think nail fungus is simply cosmetic, so they ignore going to the doctor to have it checked,” stated Ken Gerenraich, CEO of Woodward Laboratories. “However, nails are a  window to a person’s health and if nail fungus goes undiagnosed, there can be significant health issues — especially for diabetics. The Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit allows people to diagnose the presence of nail fungus without spending money on co-payments, lab fees and doctors and they can do it in the comfort and privacy of their own home.”

The Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit provides patients with a convenient, less expensive and confidential way to determine in the comfort of their own home if they have nail fungus. Consumers use the provided nail clipper to collect a sample of a discolored and possibly infected nail and mail it to Woodward Laboratories in a postage pre-paid envelope. The nail is tested and a podiatric medical doctor reads and certifies the diagnosis. Results are mailed back to the consumer and if the test is positive, clients receive a coupon for Woodward Laboratories’ Mycocide NS, an over-the-counter antifungal treatment. Suggested retail price for the Mycocide Nail Fungus Test Kit is $20.

As part of the product launch, Woodward Laboratories will offer 10,000 consumers a free test kit through its web site, www.IsItNailFungus.com.

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