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Twinlab debuts new supplement at product expo

BY Michael Johnsen

ANAHEIM, Calif. Twinlab Corp. on Saturday launched its latest addition to its Dots product line — a quick-dissolve resveratrol tablet — at Natural Products Expo West 2010.

Each tablet features 32mg of concentrated 98% trans-resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine. In addition to trans-resveratrol, the supplement contains BioVin, a red wine extract consisting of olegomeric proanthocyanidins and anthocyanins. All three constituents provide antioxidant activity.

“The French have long attributed their good health to their consumption of red wine,” stated Marc Stover, Twinlab marketing director. “Emerging research now indicates there may be some truth to the idea that constituents in red wine can help play a beneficial role in our health.

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Merix unveils new over-the-counter genital herpes treatment

BY Michael Johnsen

BARRINGTON, Ill. Merix Pharmaceutical unveiled its new Fast-Results! genital herpes treatment this month while attending the ECRM Cough, Cold and Allergy conference in Dallas.

The only OTC treatment for genital herpes, Fast-Results! answers an unmet need of people who suffer painful symptoms associated with genital herpes outbreaks. Designed to be used in conjunction with prescription medication, Fast-Results! also brings needed treatment to consumers who cannot afford prescription medication.

Fast-Results! genital herpes treatment is comprised of Merix’ patented technology Viracea, which contains an approved ingredient under the FDA OTC antiseptic/antimicrobial monograph, the company stated. At clinical trial, Viracea was shown to be effective in lesions caused by herpes.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16% of Americans currently suffer from genital herpes, which equates to approximately 37 million adults.

“We believe there is a very strong market need for this product,” stated Merix CEO Meryl Squires. Several major retailers have already committed to carrying Fast-Results! genital herpes treatment, Squires said. CVS will begin stocking in mid-May, soon thereafter followed by Rite Aid.

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CHPA honors Stan Barshay with outstanding achievement award

BY Michael Johnsen

AVENTURA, Fla. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Friday honored recently retired Stan Barshay, former chairman Schering-Plough Consumer Healthcare, with its Ivan D. Combe Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements that advance self-care and the public health through business or volunteer efforts.

The award was established in honor of Ivan D. Combe who was extremely active in CHPA activities and served on the Association’s board of directors from 1958 until his death in January 2000.

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