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ScriptPro integrates products with meth-precursor-tracking system

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSION, Kan. — ScriptPro’s Central Pharmacy Management System Point of Sale can now interface with a real-time system for tracking and controlling OTC products that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

ScriptPro said its system now interfaces with the Appriss National Precursor Log Exchange system, currently used by pharmacies and law enforcement agencies in 22 states to track products like pseudoephedrine-based cold and allergy remedies. ScriptPro said the interface eliminates the need to keep a manual log to document sales of the products.

NPLEx works by tracking product requirements, alerting for entry of required patient identification data, sending back approval or denial and blocking any transaction that would cause the customer to exceed legal limits. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators makes NPLEx available for free to states that require monitoring of precursor purchases and agree to use the system.

"ScriptPro is pleased to partner with Appriss to offer this time-saving, and in some cases life-saving tool to pharmacies operating in states that have adopted NPLEx," ScriptPro president and CEO Mike Coughlin said. "It reduces manual record keeping and saves operating costs for these pharmacies while at the same time providing better protection for the public."

 

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Clif Bar introduces pecan pie seasonal flavor

BY Jason Owen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar introduced its newest seasonal flavor, pecan pie. Pecan pie brings together nuts and spices to create a traditional, nostalgic flavor reminiscent of the holidays. Made with organic ingredients specifically chosen by athletes and foodies in the Clif Kitchen, the recipe delivers nutrition for sustained energy, the company stated.

Now in its eleventh year, the limited-edition Clif Bar seasonal lineup includes: pecan pie, iced gingerbread and spiced pumpkin pie. All three seasonal flavors are available nationwide while supplies last (SRP $1.39).

"The winter season gives us an opportunity to put a holiday twist on our traditional flavors,” said Clif Bar brand director, Dan Hickle. “Like the first snowfall of the year, the arrival of the seasonal Clif Bar flavors is something that fans tell us they look forward to all year.”

Clif Bar will donate 1% of seasonal net sales to Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit organization fighting against climate change. Clif Bar and Protect Our Winters are dedicated to educating, engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to Protect the Places We Play.

“We are thrilled to work with Clif Bar again this winter season,” said professional snowboarder and Protect Our Winters founder, Jeremy Jones. “Clif Bar and Protect Our Winters share a passion and desire to fight climate change through education, activism and support of community-based initiatives.”

Like all Clif Bar flavors, pecan pie, iced gingerbread and spiced pumpkin pie are made with 70% organic ingredients and are a good source of protein and fiber. All Clif Bar & Co. foods have zero grams of trans fat, and do not contain partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and synthetic preservatives. In addition, Clif Bar & Co. only sources ingredients that are not genetically engineered.


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FortiFX, celebrity chef Robert Irvine unveil new baked protein bars

BY Jason Owen

PITTSBURGH — Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, along with nutritional products brand FortiFX, is pleased to announce the debut of a new line of six-layer baked meal-replacement bars — Fit Crunch Baked Bars — which are high in protein and low in sugar without compromising taste and texture.

“I have always had a passion for fitness,” said Robert Irvine. “With such a busy schedule and being on the road for the majority of the year, I have found that protein bars can provide the necessary nutrients for energy, focus and building muscle, but they often require compromising on taste and texture. With Fit Crunch Baked Bars, I finally have a bar that I want to eat, and what’s more, they are ready-to-eat for anyone, whether you are busy and active in your everyday life or are fitness-focused and looking to build muscle.”

Available in two flavors, Cookies & Cream and Peanut Butter, Fit Crunch Baked Bars are the only six-layer baked bars in the world. They deliver 30 g of the highest quality protein blend, including whey, and other simple ingredients, including whey isolate, high-protein chocolate and peanut butter — making them a nutritional source of elements the body can really use. Notably low in sugar without compromising taste and texture, each bar has a candy bar crunch with a soft cookie center. Fit Crunch Baked Bars are an ideal meal replacement option for athletes, as well as the everyday person in need of quick, on-the-go nutrition.

Chef Irvine teamed up with the founder of the nutritional products brand FortiFX, Sean Perich, to develop Fit Crunch Baked Bars as a solution to making healthy, high-protein food taste delicious. Perich created the first ever baked protein bar using a soft-batch cookie recipe 13 years ago, and now bakes and produces more than 50 million bars each year using this proprietary baking process.

“To me, these bars taste as good as anything I’ve ever made, and I hope they will encourage everyone who tries them to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle,” Irvine said.

To try Fit Crunch bars and find out what it means to finally have a craving you can call healthy, visit FitCrunchBars.com, and watch the video below.


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