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Vitamin Angels hosts annual fundraiser to benefit world hunger

BY Michael Johnsen

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Vitamin Angels will host its annual Celebration of Angels fundraiser Oct. 16, at the Harvard Club in Boston, to coincide with the Natural Products Expo East, the organization announced Thursday.

“Vitamin Angels is an intricate part of solving the worldwide hunger problem,” stated founder Howard Schiffer. “This year, with the support of many concerned individuals and companies in the natural product industry we surpassed our goal of reaching 4.5 million children and were able to reach 7 million. … But we can’t stop here. Casting a wider net of awareness will not only elevate Vitamin Angels’ impact but will bring us closer to solving the problem of malnourishment in children under the age of 5.”

Last year, vitamin A was recognized by the United Nations Children’s Fund as one of the key strategies responsible for cutting early childhood deaths to below 10 million per year, a “first” in modern history. Vitamin Angels, is the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing vital nutrition to those in need internationally and domestically.

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Walgreens gives customers direction on cough-cold OTC dosing for children

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has said that it will advise its customers on the proper, safe use of over-the-counter cough and cold remedies by adding in-store signage to shelves and making its pharmacists available for consultations.

After the announcement from the CHPA Tuesday that cough-cold remedies should not be administered to children under age 4, many cough-cold remedy makers are revising their product labels to reflect the new dosing recommendations before the upcoming cold season. Walgreens has made a commitment to make sure the most current labeled cough and cold remedies will be available during the label-upgrading swap, and newly labeled products will be on shelves as soon as they are available.

The FDA has issued a statement that parents should take precautions when administering cough-cold medicines to children, including, checking active ingredients on the Drug Facts product labeling, avoiding given children two products with the same active ingredients at the same time, following directions, using the appropriate measuring instruments, selecting cough-cold medicines with child-proof caps, recognizing that cough-old remedies do not shorten the length of illness but only treat symptoms, not using cough-cold products for sedation and calling a doctor or pharmacist if any adverse reactions occur after administering.

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More parents confused about cough-cold treatments for kids, survey suggests

BY Michael Johnsen

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. News coming out of the recent Food and Drug Administration public meeting on pediatric cough-cold medicines sold over-the-counter, as well as the recent announcement from Consumer Healthcare Products Association that manufacturers would voluntarily cease recommending use of their cough-cold products in children under the age of four, could compound pre-existing confusion among parents.

According to a survey of 606 parents (conducted by Survey.com) released by Kaz Monday, the majority of parents had already been considering not giving their children cough-cold medicine when they become sick with a cold. According to the survey, conducted six months after the FDA announced a ban of the sale of cough-cold products to children under the age of two, 70 percent of parents with children under the age of four reported they give their children cold medicine when they were sick, as do 74 percent of parents with kids under six and 80 percent of parents with children between the ages of seven and 12 old.

When asked in June if they plan to change the way they treat their children’s colds this coming season due to the January FDA warnings, more than half (64 percent) of parents who currently give their children cold medicine either plan to stop (34 percent) or are considering it (30 percent).

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