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S.C. Bausch + Lomb plant manufactures 4 billionth bottle

BY David Salazar

LAVAL, Quebec — Valeant Pharmaceuticals recently announced that Bausch and Lomb’s Greenville Solutions Plant in Greenville, S.C. has manufactured its four billionth bottle of eye care products. The company commemorated the milestone with a tour of the facility attended by Valeant chairman and CEO J. Michael Pearson and elected officials, local business leaders and plant employees, and bottles in the batch containing the four billionth one featured a commemorative label.

“Reaching this incredible milestone at Bausch + Lomb's Greenville Solutions Plant demonstrates the enormous impact that the facility has had across the globe,” Pearson said. “Whether it's one of the hundreds of employees creating our top-of-the-line products, or a consumer who has bought one of our four billion bottles manufactured at this facility for his or her lens care needs, the work that is done here is essential to peoples' lives. We are incredibly proud of the employees in Greenville, who reflect the very best of Valeant Pharmaceuticals.”

Valeant and Bausch + Lomb also announced that it would be investing about $25 million in a state-of-art integrated line that would add 30 new jobs and 40 million units of capacity. Valeant will be investing $150 million in the next five years with the hope of creating 150 to 200 new jobs in that time.

“Longstanding businesses in our community have provided valuable contributions to our thriving workforce,” Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said. “Being able to celebrate major production milestones underscores the dedication of these businesses in our state, and reinforces South Carolina's role as the center of our nation's manufacturing renaissance.”

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International Osteoporosis Foundation finds almost 90% people are calcium deficient

BY Michael Johnsen

NYON, Switzerland — New findings released on World Osteoporosis Day by the International Osteoporosis Foundation show that 89% of those who used the organization’s new IOF Calcium Calculator were calcium deficient. The free online tool helps people calculate their approximate daily calcium intake based on their typical weekly diet. 
 
According to the Institute of Medicine, young people aged 9-18 should have a calcium intake of 1,300 mg/day, while postmenopausal women and men aged over 70 should be getting at least 1,200 mg per day.
 
The Calcium Calculator results, based on 6,908 users from 83 countries, showed that:
  • The average calcium intake was 594 mg per day. Even if an additional 300 mg is added to this total to account for any calcium obtained through sources not included in the calculator, the users would still be deficient;
  • Men and women had almost equal percentages of insufficiency (89% vs. 90%, respectively), with no significant difference across the age groups;11% achieved sufficient calcium intake levels; and
  • 29% of respondents had previously been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia. 
“These findings suggest that many people may not be aware of the importance of bone-healthy nutrition,” IOF CEO Judy Stenmark said. “A healthy, balanced diet combined with regular exercise and smart lifestyle choices, such as not smoking and moderate alcohol intake, helps set the foundation for strong bones as you age. For those at high risk of fracture due to osteoporosis, a bone-healthy diet also supports falls prevention and enhances the benefits of therapy. 
 
Osteoporosis, a chronic disease which causes bones to become weak and prone to fracture, affects approximately one in three women and one in five men aged over 50. Osteoporotic fractures are a major cause of pain, disability and loss of independence in seniors worldwide.
 
”Recent controversial reports in the media in regard to calcium, vitamin D and the role of supplementation may be causing confusion,”Stenmark said. ”The important thing to remember is that achieving recommended dietary intakes of calcium and vitamin D, together with other important nutrients, is necessary for optimum bone health.”
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Energems fills need for health-conscious energy supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Consumer behavior is widely shifting in a more health-conscious direction, so Energems is making its debut in the healthier energy bites space with a product featuring "cleaner" ingredients like vitamins B and D plus caffeine, along with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Three gems contain 133 mg of caffeine, or a large cup of coffee. Plus, the product is made with real dark chocolate and includes flavors dark chocolate, mint dark chocolate and berry flavored dark chocolate.

”We are creating a completely new category within our space, so we first wanted to validate proof of concept,” Energems general manager Kristopher Trust said. “Through thorough rounds of qualitative and quantitative testing, we found that introducing the healthier, cleaner and delicious energy source our target demands was going to be imperative.”
 
The research, including in-home usage studies, package design research and volumetric modeling, showed the product would deliver on those consumer demands. In fact, the product delighted users so much that nearly three in four people said they would be interested in purchasing Energems again and that Energems fit their lifestyle. Additionally, 85% of Energems' projected volume is incremental to the energy category because of the profile of the product and consumer.
 
Additional aspects that performed exceedingly well throughout research and testing included Energems' smooth energy, portability, flavor and size of the gems.
 
Energems are currently available at all Walgreens stores and Meijer stores, as well as online at LuckyVitamin.com. By end of November, Energems will be available on Amazon.com. Additional distribution nationwide is underway.
 

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