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Supplements with natural S-equol may reduce joint pain, hot flashes in postmenopausal women

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO A new women’s health, whole soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing natural S-equol reduced the frequency of moderate to severe hot flashes and reduced muscle and joint pain in the first study of its kind among U.S. postmenopausal women, according to peer-reviewed data presented as a poster presentation at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting. Also, the first study to report natural S-equol contributions to bone health and a study of natural S-equol safety were presented at NAMS.

“These data from U.S. women expand our knowledge and corroborate previous research in Japanese women about the benefit of a supplement containing the soy-based compound natural S-equol to manage menopausal symptoms, including reducing the frequency of hot flashes and muscle discomfort,” stated Belinda Jenks, co-author of the U.S. women’s and safety studies, and director of scientific affairs and nutrition education at Pharmavite. “This and the other natural S-equol studies are part of the rigorous clinical collaborative program of Pharmavite and Otsuka to develop a supplement containing natural S-equol.”

S-equol is a compound resulting from the natural metabolism of daidzein, an isoflavone found in whole soybeans. Not everyone can produce S-equol after soy consumption, as the production depends on the types of bacteria present in the large intestine and may be influenced by the amount of soy consumed. About 50% of Asians and 20% to 30% of North Americans and Europeans, who in general consume less soy than Asians, have the ability to produce S-equol. Research indicated that Japanese women have milder menopausal symptoms in those who are S-equol producers compared with nonproducers.

All of the studies presented at NAMS used supplement tablets that contained natural S-equol. The SE5-OH is the product of fermentation of whole soy germ by the bacterial strain Lactococcus 20-92. The process results in the conversion of the daidzein to S-equol. SE5-OH is created under current good manufacturing practices. Following fermentation, the bacteria undergo heat denaturation and are deactivated. The process is designed to produce a natural S-equol rich product, or nutraceutical ingredient. The ingredient has self-affirmed GRAS status.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical supported all of the studies. Complete reports of data from each study will be submitted for peer-review publication, the companies stated.

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CNBC star, national radio host headlines exclusive retailer-supplier summit

BY Drug Store News Team

NEW YORK The markets are turbulent. Banks and financial institutions are struggling. Consumers’ purse strings are tighter than ever, and that has retailers and suppliers worried. Larry Kudlow believes we have been through the worst of it, and America has the tools in place to fix it all — now.

Kudlow, host of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” and a nationally syndicated columnist and radio host, will deliver the keynote presentation, “Never Sell America Short: Free-Market Capitalism and the American Economy,” at an exclusive retailer-supplier roundtable event hosted by The Drug Store News Group.

The highly outspoken and unapologetic Kudlow — who also hosts the national “The Larry Kudlow Show” on ABC radio and whose column regularly appears in The National Review — will dissect the political and economic climate to help attendees understand, among other things, how the markets and industry need to work together.

Kudlow’s remarks set the table for the 12th Annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit/Diabetes Roundtable event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the historic New York Athletic Club. The annual, one-day must-attend conference brings together a highly diverse group of retailers and key supplier executives in a series of top-to-top panel discussions moderated by Drug Store News.

The event — which is timed to coincide with the annual “NACDS Week,” including the NACDS Foundation Dinner later that evening — is premised upon better aligning retailer and supplier objectives, with the end goal of growing the business unilaterally. For retailers, DSN Issues Summit is an ideal opportunity to reconnect with important business partners; for suppliers, it is a chance to network with leading retail executives.

Confirmed panelists include top executives from such retailers as H-E-B, Costco, Fred Meyer, Rite Aid, Wegmans, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, McKesson’s HealthMart, ACE Hardware, exciting new healthcare retailer Max-Wellness, Giant Eagle, Kerr Drug and many more.

Current sponsor companies include Pacific World, Kao Brands, Novartis Consumer Health, Takeda, Pharmavite, TABS, Catalina Marketing, Alberto-Culver and Nipro Diagnostics.

Sponsorship opportunities still are available. For further details, contact Wayne Bennett, publisher, at wbennett@lf.com or (212) 756-5157, or log on to DSNindustryissues.com/12th_annual.html.

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Professional Therapy MuscleCare gets ECRM best new product award

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS Professional Therapy MuscleCare last month was awarded “best new product” at the ECRM Health Management EPPS held here. The award, sponsored by Drug Store News, is presented to the manufacturer that collects the most “best new product” votes from retailers attending the event.

As part of its initial rollout, MuscleCare has penned a sponsorship deal with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, a group of sports chiropractors from 30 countries that treat Olympic and nationally ranked athletes.

The company fields two topical pain-relief products — topical Professional Therapy MuscleCare extra-strength roll-on gel and Professional Therapy MuscleCare ointment — and presently has distribution through Duane Reade and CVS.com. The products contain camphor and menthol to relax tissue and increase the flow of healthy blood, and nutrients in order to reset the muscle to its normal resting length and promote healing.

 

"The topical pain-relief industry has long been lacking in safety and efficacy, and I have gone to great lengths and conducted a thorough clinical study to change that," stated Chris Oswald, CEO of Professional Therapy MuscleCare, when debuting the product earlier this year.

 

 

The retail price is $19.99 for the roll-on gel and $25.99 for the ointment.

 

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