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USA Today: Mexican company selling adulterated dietary supplements can’t be found

BY Michael Johnsen

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Looking into a company masquerading adulterated pharmaceuticals as miracle dietary supplements branded Reumofan, USA Today investigative journalists traveled as far as Mexico to find those responsible. 

What they found were fake addresses, misleading ingredient lists and no trace of the parent company. 

The supplements were marketed as a natural treatment for arthritis and joint pain. However, the supplements were adulterated with as many as three pharmaceutical ingredients, including a corticosteroid. 

"Historically, drug-tainted supplements have been found most often among pills and powders sold for bodybuilding, weight loss and sexual enhancement," USA Today wrote. "But the [Food and Drug Administration] says it is seeing the dangerous practice showing up in supplements used by the growing population of aging Americans."

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Oceans Omega launches Omega-3 fortified liquid health shots

BY Michael Johnsen

PARAMUS, N.J. — Oceans Omega on Wednesday announced the launch of Omega-3 fortified liquid health shots. Currently sold under the Omega Infusion brand, the 2-oz., single-serving and zero-calorie health shots contain 250 mg of omega-3s (EPA and DHA).  

They will be available in three flavors, including peach mango, raspberry lemon and pink grapefruit. 

Research shows that consumers are actively looking for Omega-3 fortified food and beverages, the company stated.

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Doctor recommendations influence cold-flu-allergy OTC purchase

BY Michael Johnsen

Product consideration at the shelf level remains a driving force behind purchase decisions. According to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in August, 34% of respondents indicated that in-store browsing influences their OTC purchase. However, 40% of respondents indicated that OTCs purchased to treat cold, flu and allergy were the result of a doctor recommendation. To see more Patient Views, click here

Patient Views is an exclusive consumer insights feature that appears regularly in DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask more than 6,500 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to reder@lf.com.

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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