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Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe team to present natural products at health fair

BY Michael Johnsen

HONOLULU Representatives from specialty retailers Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe are slated to showcase natural products Jan. 9 at this year’s “Celebrate Health” Community Health Fair here, the John A. Burns School of Medicine announced last week.

“The students felt strongly about hosting the fair in early January this year, because people are frequently motivated to improve their health as a New Year approaches,” stated medical student Brad Kamitaki, publicity chairman of the event. “That’s our goal—to help people start the year off healthfully.”

In addition to Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Hawaii Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona have accepted invitations to speak as the health fair kicks off at 12 p.m., in the school’s Medical Education Building Lobby at 651 Ilalo Street.

The fair is co-sponsored by HMSA and ALOHA CARE.

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FDA approves OTC nicotine gum

BY Michael Johnsen

CORONA, Calif. Watson Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday announced that its subsidiary Watson Laboratories received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market its over-the-counter Nicotine Polacrilex Gum USP, coated mint flavor, in the 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

Nicotine Polacrilex Gum, coated mint flavor, is the generic equivalent of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare’s Nicorette fresh mint gum. The market for over-the-counter nicotine gum had annual sales of more than $300 million for the 12 months ending September 2008, according to IRI sales data as provided by Watson. Watson will make the product available to customers in early January 2009.

“The approval of our mint flavored, coated nicotine gum is a significant addition to our line of generic smoking cessation products,” stated Paul Bisaro, Watson president and chief executive officer. “We also have applications pending at FDA for additional flavors and look forward to further enhancing our line of smoking cessation products.”

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Integrated Beverage launches Children’s Throat Cooler

BY Michael Johnsen

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. Integrated Beverage Group recently launched Children’s Throat Cooler, a nonmedicated ready-to-freeze liquid product that helps hydrate and rejuvenate dry throats, the company stated.

Throat Cooler is made with honey and supplemented with vitamin C. The product is recommended for use for children over the age of 2.Available in strawberry and grape flavors, a multi-pack of six pre-portioned single-serve pouches retails for a suggested $3.99.

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