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Santal’s Assurance Blood Health Support arrives at Walgreens, Rite Aid

BY Michael Johnsen

NEENAH, Wis. — Santal Solutions last week announced its dietary supplement Assurance Blood Health Support has gained distribution through Rite Aid and Walgreens.

“We are excited that Assurance Blood Health Support is on the shelves of major retailers,” Santal president Dennis Torkko said. “This reinforces the strength of the product and provides an all-natural option for those individuals that are concerned about blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.”

According to the company, Assurance Blood Health Support helps stabilize and balance blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels that already are within the normal range.

The active ingredient is Gymnema sylvestre, an herb found in the Indian subcontinent.

Assurance Blood Health Support recently changed its name from OmSanA as part of an overall rebranding to better reflect consumer’s trust and confidence in the product. Package graphic and descriptive content also were updated, the company stated.

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ProPhase faces NASDAQ delisting

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ProPhase Labs on Tuesday announced that it received a letter from the NASDAQ Stock Market indicating that the company no longer is in compliance with NASDAQ listing rules because the closing bid price per share of its common stock has dropped below $1 per share for 30 consecutive trading days.

ProPhase will have until Dec. 27 to push its stock price above $1 for a minimum of 10 consecutive trading days to regain compliance or risk being delisted.

ProPhase stated that all options were on the table to resolve the matter, including a possible reverse stock split.

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Former Asteres CEO joins H. D. Smith

BY Michael Johnsen

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H. D. Smith, the fourth-largest national pharmaceutical wholesaler, on Tuesday named Mark de Bruin to the post of corporate VP managed care.

In his new position at H. D. Smith, 29-year industry veteran de Bruin will be responsible for the company’s third party network, creating and maintaining an alliance of prescription and healthcare service providers.

"Our third party network is one of the many solutions H. D. Smith developed to address efficiency and reimbursement demands facing community pharmacies," Chris Smith, H. D. Smith COO Chris Smith said. "Mark’s retail pharmacy experience, cultivated at Rite Aid, together with his significant managed care and pharmacy government affairs acumen will spark growth and development of the network to the benefit of our customers."

De Bruin most recently served as CEO at Asteres, providing patented automated technology solutions to retail pharmacies, grocery stores, hospitals and the military. De Bruin served at Rite Aid as EVP pharmacy; Albertsons/American Stores as VP pharmacy and managed care; and RxAmerica/American Stores as president and GM.

De Bruin is a registered pharmacist in Utah, Pennsylvania and California. He earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah. De Bruin also has served on numerous industry boards, including the Federal Medicaid Commission.

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N.OYOLA says:
Jul-05-2011 12:14 pm

Congratulations.

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