Wyeth begins to build plant in China
MADISON, N.J. Wyeth earlier this week announced that it is investing $280 million to build a state-of-the-art nutritional manufacturing facility in the Suzhou Industrial Park in the Jiangsu province of China. The new facility will primarily produce infant formula milk powder and other nutritional products. When completed, the site will be one of the world’s largest nutritional manufacturing facilities.
“This investment reflects Wyeth’s long-term commitment to pediatric nutrition, as well as the recognition that China is now the fastest-growing market for Wyeth’s worldwide nutritional business,” stated Robert Essner, Wyeth chairman. “When completed, this facility will enable us to meet the growing demand for nutritional products in the Chinese market.”
Construction at the site started this month, and the plant is scheduled to be operational by late 2010. At full operation, the plant is expected to employ about 500 employees. Products made at this facility will primarily supply the local market.
CHPA president addresses OTC efficacy, drug abuse
WASHINGTON During her opening address to Consumer Healthcare Products Association members here, Linda Suydam, president of the CHPA, noted that two Food and Drug Administration meetings held last year have forever changed the over-the-counter regulatory landscape.
The two meetings Syudam referenced—an FDA advisory panel on the efficacy of children’s cough-cold medicine and a separate panel on the efficacy of phenylephrine—called into question the long-standing efficacy of monographed products. “What was learned from both of these meetings is that the regulatory landscape is changing,” she said. “We must move forward on the science supporting our product.”
To this end, CHPA is already committed to conducting pharmacokinetic and efficacy studies in pediatric populations for monographed OTC medicines.
Another point of concern identified by Suydam was the issue of dextromethorphan abuse. She commended the industry for pulling together on this issue, and through CHPA effectively raised awareness and education behind DXM abuse. “The level of cooperation among members this past year has been exceptional.”
Looking forward, the industry prognosis is positive, however not without its challenges. For example, “FDA’s chronic underfunding will take a long time to rectify,” Suydam said, regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican wins the presidential election next year.
Study examines energy drinks’ tooth-damaging potential
CHICAGO A recently-published study has determined that energy drinks as corrosive to teeth as soft drinks.
The Academy of General Dentistry on Wednesday issued a press release regarding the results of a recent study that was published in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s clinical, peer reviewed journal, which found that popular high-energy and sports drinks had the highest mean buffering capacity, resulting in the strongest potential for erosion of enamel.
According to the Academy, a beverage’s “buffering capacity,” or the ability to neutralize acid, plays a significant role in the cause of dental erosion.