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Lansinoh, Teva make donations for Haiti earthquake relief

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A supplier of breast-feeding products and a drug maker are participating in providing relief to Haiti following a devestating earthquake that struck the country last week.

Lansinoh donated $10,000 to UNICEF in support of the organization’s disaster relief efforts, while Teva contributed more than $7 million in medicine to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti.

UNICEF was chosen for its support of breast-feeding in emergency situations, Lansinoh said.

 

“Breast-feeding support is crucial right now for the people of Haiti,” said Gina Ciagne, certified lactation counselor and director, breast-feeding and consumer relations with Lansinoh. “Breast-feeding is a safe, sanitary and reliable food source for the thousands of infants in danger. The devastation in Haiti calls for relief workers to support mothers in breast-feeding their babies, and protect them from disease and risk of malnourishment.”

UNICEF stated the following in a press release about breast-feeding as an emergency response:

  • Breast milk is the ideal food for the healthy growth and development of children. It provides valuable protection from infections, which is all the more important in environments lacking adequate water supply and sanitation.
  • Feeding such breast-milk substitutes as infant formula during emergencies offers no immune protection against diseases and poses health risks because mothers have to depend on the quality and supply of formula, water and fuel for preparation and cleaning of feeding bottles.
  • Mothers also should be aware that they can increase their milk supply and relactate after having stopped breast-feeding.

“Our hearts go out to the tens of thousands of devastated Haitians,” said Gary Downing, CEO of Lansinoh. “We’re encouraging others to donate what they can to UNICEF and the Haiti disaster relief efforts. There is no better time to make a small sacrifice for those who are in need.”

Meanwhile, Teva said it is working with several of its nongovernmental organization partners to ensure these drugs are delivered to Haiti without delay.

“As a company, Teva was devastated to hear about the earthquake, and our hearts and thoughts go out to the country of Haiti,” said Shlomo Yanai, Teva’s president and CEO. “Working with our partners, we are providing essential medical products to assist in the relief efforts.”

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Inverness sells vitamins, supplements business

BY Michael Johnsen

WALTHAM, Mass. Inverness Medical Innovations on Tuesday announced the sale of its vitamin and nutritional supplements business to International Vitamin Corp. for an approximate $63.4 million.

The sale includes Inverness Medical Nutritionals and IVC Industries and constitutes Inverness’ entire vitamin and nutritional supplements business segment. Inverness sold the assets of the business, which include manufacturing facilities N.J.

Through the first nine months of 2009, the business generated net revenues of $63.6 million and contributed an operating loss of $2.4 million.

As a result of the sale, Inverness’ vitamin and nutritional supplements business segment will be presented as a discontinued operation in its financial statements for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2009.

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MuscleMaster.com announces voluntary recall of 17 dietary supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. MuscleMaster.com last week recalled 17 of its dietary supplement brands sold between June 1, 2009, and Nov. 17, 2009, following a communication from the Food and Drug Administration that the products in question may contain ingredients that are steroids.

Specifically, the FDA advised MuscleMaster.com of its concern that the recalled products may contain the following ingredients that are currently classified, or that the FDA believes should be classified, as steroids: “Superdrol,” “Madol,” “Tren,” “Androstenedione” and/or “Turinabol.”

While MuscleMaster.com cannot independently confirm the FDA’s concerns that any one or more of the recalled products in fact contain these ingredients, “MuscleMaster.com is undertaking this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution and in deference to [the] FDA’s stated concerns,” the online retailer stated.

MuscleMaster.com is an Internet retailer and did not manufacture or formulate these products, the company further stated. “MuscleMaster.com’s decision to implement this recall is not, and should not be construed as, an admission that their decision to sell these products was in violation of the law. In addition it is not, and should not be construed as, an admission that these products are not in compliance with the law.”

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