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Data shows use of Alli could also impact household members’ habits

BY Jenna Duncan

PHOENIX and PITTSBURGH New data released during proceedings at this year’s Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society said that people taking FDA-approved weight-loss pill Alli also tend to make healthier grocery shopping decisions, a trend that is positively influencing families.

A 26-week study reviewed the shopping habits of 15,156 households in which one or more members were taking Alli. The study showed that shoppers in these households were also purchasing items such as cereals, diet control bars, multi-vitamins and yogurt, among other “healthy” options.

Study co-author, Rebecca Reeves, of Baylor College of Medicine, said, “What is so unique and exciting about the data in this abstract is the evidence that people taking Alli made changes in their purchase patterns toward healthier foods. These data show that households purchasing Alli more than once increased their buying of healthier products compared to the previous year.”

The National Institutes of Health have reported that about 65 percent of U.S. adults are obese or overweight. Persons dealing with too much weight are more likely to face health problems such as heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, the National Institutes said.

Taking Alli, combined with a low-calorie, encourages healthy, modest weight-loss, maker GlaxoSmithKline has said.

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Fonterra creates PowerProtein supplements for snack bar category

BY Jenna Duncan

AUCKLAND, New Zealand Fonterra Ingredients created a new line of highly dairy proteins for use in protein sports bars, meal replacement or weight-management options and healthy snacking alternatives for adults and children. The PowerProtein range includes PowerWPC, PowerMPCs and Powercrisps.

Fonterra’s global category manager physical nutrition, Nigel Little, explained that PowerWPC is a special protein supplement designed specifically for the snack bar category. PowerMPC replaces ingredients such as calcium caseinate and milk protein. And Powercrisps offer whey protein in “rice-bubble” form adding weight and crunchiness to snack bars. 

“Fonterra’s new generation protein ingredients will significantly increase its market share in the bar and snack categories, as a key part of our expanding portfolio of specialty ingredients,” Fonterra’s global category manager physical nutrition, Nigel Little, said in a statement released to media. 

Fonterra Co-operative Group is the world’s largest exporter of dairy. Fonterra operates its North American in Chicago, Ill.

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CHPA initiates safety study into dosing, efficacy of children’s cough-cold medicines

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Following an all-day public meeting Thursday held by the Food and Drug Administration regarding the appropriateness of marketing cough-cold products with scant pediatric data supporting safety and efficacy for children under the age of six, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association announced its progress in delivering safety and efficacy clinical trials for this category.

To date, CHPA has put together a comprehensive efficacy and safety program for children age two to under 12, including pharmacokinetic studies to confirm the dosing for the eight most commonly used OTC oral cough and cold ingredients. Once these dosing studies are finalized, CHPA plans to begin research on revalidating the effectiveness of these medicines.

In addition, CHPA stated it would continue to collect and review all available safety data around these medicines. “A comprehensive safety review in 2007 and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the majority of adverse events associated with OTC oral pediatric cough and cold medicines are a direct result of accidental ingestion,” noted Linda Suydam, CHPA president. “Reducing these preventable errors is the cornerstone of CHPA’s national educational program.”

CHPA will also continue its national education program that focuses on the root causes of adverse events and speaks directly to parents, day care providers, healthcare providers and other caregivers.

CHPA is partnering with a number of organizations in these efforts, including the American Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Family Physicians.

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