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Senators’ dietary supplement amendments catch CRN’s ire

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition last week opposed three proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that would impact the sale of dietary supplements on military bases. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have offered three amendments that are opposed by CRN "because they are duplicative of current laws, create unnecessary and overly burdensome requirements for military personnel and do nothing to solve current, real enforcement concerns at the Food and Drug Administration."
 
Specifically, the amendments would require the nation's military to track the use of dietary supplements among military personnel and monitor adverse event data. A third amendment would require those supplements sold on base to be certified by a third party. 
 
“Like Sens. Blumenthal and Durbin, we want our soldiers who choose to take dietary supplements to have access to quality products and to responsibly incorporate them into their health regimens," CRN president and CEO Steve Mister said. “We also share concerns about products containing stimulants such as DMAA and similar ingredients that are illegally marketed both to soldiers and to civilians as dietary supplements. Unfortunately for the troops, Sens. Blumenthal and Durbin’s solution is to offer amendments to a defense authorization bill that duplicate current laws for reporting suspected adverse events from these products; create overly-burdensome monitoring of supplement use by military personnel; and limit access to a wide range of dietary supplements by service men and women."
 
According to a 2012 study, more than 53% of soldiers use dietary supplements, CRN reported. 
 
HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" last month aired an expose criticizing the availability of adulterated sports nutrition supplements to the nation's military in a segment titled "In Harm's Way" that the industry criticized.
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KeyView Labs expands retail distribution of brain health supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

TAMPA, Fla. — KeyView Labs on Friday reported that the number of major chain pharmacies and leading specialty retail store locations that carry its flagship Procera AVH product has increased by more than 250% in 2015.
 
Procer AVH, a supplement to improve cognitive health, is now available through 23,000 stores. 
 
"Years of product testing and refinement have enabled Procera AVH to become one of the most highly recommended non-prescription products for brain health and cognitive function," said Scott Eibel, CEO, KeyView Labs. "Now with distribution having more than doubled in just the last few months, it's easier than ever before to remember Procera AVH for brain health."
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Ansell moves into personal lubricant space with two new entries

BY Michael Johnsen

ISELIN, N.J. — Ansell on Monday announced the expansion of the SKYN Collection with the introduction of the SKYN Elite Condom and two new personal lubricants — SKYN Natural Feel and SKYN Maximum Performance.
 
"Research has shown that users love the feel of SKYN, as evidenced by a 97% satisfaction rate in consumer trials,” stated Carol Carrozza, VP sales and marketing North America for Ansell. “We have been thrilled with the reception of SKYN, and are proud to be the only brand to offer a range of condom styles in this premium, polyisoprene design.”
 
The SKYN Collection features condoms made from polyisoprene, as opposed to a natural rubber latex condom. SKYN Elite Condoms are the latest development in polyisoprene, offering a condom that is 20% thinner than SKYN Original Condoms.
 
The SKYN product line is expanding into personal lubricants with lubricants that are compatible with both latex and polyisoprene condoms. SKYN Natural Feel is a water-based personal lubricant blended with aloe vera and Vitamin E and SKYN Maximum Performance is an extra long-lasting lubricant that features a premium silicone-based formula. 
 
LifeStyles SKYN was the first clinically approved polyisoprene condom, and Ansell remains the only company in the U.S. to polyisoprene condoms.
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