Walgreens gives customers direction on cough-cold OTC dosing for children
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.
Metabolife releases diet aid to help keep the weight off
NEW YORK Metabolife last week launched part two of a two-stage weight loss program called Break Through, a dietary supplement designed to help people who’ve lost the weight keep it lost.
“Eons before we had artificial shelter and heating and cooling environments, our bodies were built to survive a naturally harsh environment and scarcity of food due to seasonal changes and nomadic moves from one place to another,” stated Greg Grochoski, Metabolife chief science officer. “Even today, an initial weight loss signals the body to go into a conservation mode as it biologically expects winter or a move to a scarce food area. We are built to conserve fat to protect the internal organs until spring arrives or the situation changes. This ‘rebound’ is therefore a natural reaction, but a problem in today’s world, when we lose weight for different reasons. We found that we can keep thermogenesis (an aspect of metabolism) at a higher, stabilized and healthy rate for a full eight weeks which can help the body continue to slough off excess fat.”
“In our clinical trials at the University of Copenhagen, we started with a group of 80 obese individuals who lost a significant amount of weight on a hypocaloric diet,” a doctor who led the study, Soren Toubro, said. “The effect of adding our compound was a sustained increase in thermogenesis for eight weeks combined with an improved reduction in fat mass. The results of the double blind study are exciting because we were able to maintain the metabolic increase from week one to week eight.”
Break Through conains a patent-pending combination of key nutrients such as green tea, caffeine, cayenne and the amino acid L-Tyrosine, the company reported. Suggested retail price is $29.99.
Better Business Bureau finds that Soft Gel, Option did not misrepresent claims for Clarinol
NEW YORK The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus on Monday determined that Soft Gel Technologies and Optio Health Products Inc. have provided adequate substantiation for claims made in print advertising and on product packaging for Clarinol CLA, a dietary supplement. Claims included:
· “Assists in reducing body fat and maintaining lean muscle tissue for healthy body
· “PureGels Clarinol CLA. For Healthy Body Composition;”
· “Clarinol CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) has been proven in Clarinol-specific clinicals to help attain and sustain proper ratios of fat to lean muscle tissue;”
· “The clinical results show enhanced fat burning, lean muscle retention, and promotion of optimal BMI [Body Mass Index];”
· “PureGels Clarinol CLA in a soft gel is a powerful supplement from natural safflower oil which will help you Reshape Up!”
At the outset, the advertiser explained that Conjugated Linoleic Acid, the active ingredient in Clarinol, is an oil that exists naturally in foods such as dairy and meat products. Clarinol is marketed as a dietary supplement that assists in the reduction of fat mass and increase in lean mass in order to improve body composition.
NAD examined evidence in support of the advertising claims that included one study on the actual product and many on the active ingredient and determined that the studies followed sound methodologies and produced statistically significant results demonstrating a reduction in body fat mass, BMI, waist, waist-to-hip ratio and fat mass around the legs and abdomen, as well as an increase in lean mass.
Following its review of the evidence, NAD determined that the advertiser provided a reasonable basis for the claims at issue.
The company, in its advertiser’s statement, said it “appreciates the opportunity to participate in this proceeding and is pleased with the NAD’s conclusion.”