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CHPA commends Calif. Senate’s PSE e-tracking legislation

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended the California Senate Public Safety Committee for passing AB 1455. The legislation calls for the implementation of a statewide, industry-funded electronic tracking system to monitor and block illegal purchases of over-the-counter cold-and-allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient that can be diverted to “cook” methamphetamine.

“We applaud the Public Safety Committee for supporting a solution that will fight domestic methamphetamine production while maintaining consumer access to important cold-and-allergy medications,” stated Linda Suydam, CHPA president. “E-tracking is the only solution that will stop illegal sales of pseudoephedrine by providing a real-time, stop-sale function across all stores statewide.”

In California, there currently is no mechanism in place to curb the practice of “smurfing,” which is where criminals move from store to store to purchase illegal amounts of PSE to be used for the production of meth. AB 1455 would provide the state’s retailers and pharmacists with a consolidated, real-time electronic logbook — accessible only by law enforcement — that is more secure than current paper logs.

E-tracking, which has been adopted by 12 states nationwide, also will give local law enforcement officials a powerful investigative tool to track meth production across state lines. E-tracking allows law enforcement to find previously undiscovered meth labs and helps them identify meth cooks. Most importantly, AB 1455 preserves Californians’ over-the-counter access to the PSE medications they use and trust for cold-and-allergy relief while stopping illegal sales.

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Visine unveils new red eye formula

BY Allison Cerra

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. Visine has developed a new eye-drop formula that relieves eye redness and irritation.

New Visine maximum redness relief formula uses a special Hydroblend formula to soothe irritation and provide up to ten hours of comfort, Visine said. In line with the product launch, Visine has developed a free app for iPhone and iPod Touch — the Visine red eye remover application — that eliminates red eye from consumers’ photos in moments.

Visine maximum redness relief formula is available nationwide for $5.99 (in 0.5 fl. oz.) at food, drug and mass merchandisers.

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Shiff survey: Cardiologists recommend supplements to patients

BY Michael Johnsen

SALT LAKE CITY According to a new national survey commissioned by Schiff Nutrition — and conducted by an independent research firm — an overwhelming majority of cardiologists (91%) have recommended dietary supplements to their patients to support cardiovascular health.

The survey found that three-quarters of cardiologists said that if they had to choose one dietary supplement to specifically support the cardiovascular health, they would choose omega-3 fatty acids, far more so than antioxidants (7%), CoQ-10 (2%) and vitamin E (1%).

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