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Zagat, GSK launch outdoor guide for allergy sufferers

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA A special-edition Zagat Survey guide launched earlier this week offers people with either seasonal or year-round allergies an insider’s view of some exciting outdoor destinations in 20 U.S. cities—and tips on how to manage their allergy symptoms so they can enjoy being outside.

The free guide, pieced together by Zagat and GlaxoSmithKline, and available at www.outandaboutwithallergies.com, features reviews of popular and off-the-beaten-path outdoor destinations and restaurants with outdoor dining and rooftop bars, as well as secluded gardens and walking paths in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.

Actor and allergy sufferer James Denton of “Desperate Housewives” is helping introduce the guide in order to bring attention to seasonal allergies and to encourage other allergy sufferers to manage their symptoms so that they can better enjoy outdoor experiences.

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CHPA president addresses OTC efficacy, drug abuse

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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Study examines energy drinks’ tooth-damaging potential

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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