December 22, 2010

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Food Safety Modernization Act by a vote of 215-144 to wide industry aplomb.

December 22, 2010

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has added four new members to its board.

December 21, 2010

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced plans for a joint education effort with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation to help raise the level of awareness within the supplement industry and with consumers about the valuable role of nurse practitioners in the quest for good health.

December 21, 2010

The Natural Products Association last week reached a new milestone — awarding the 500th certification to products and ingredients under the NPA Natural Seal, a certification program focused on the verification of natural products and ingredients.

December 21, 2010

A healthcare accrediting organization is revising three products in its Pharmacy Quality Management suite of programs.

December 17, 2010

According to a new report released Friday by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a provision in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that requires employers to provide nursing breaks and a private, sanitary place to express breast milk for most mothers employed on an hourly basis will drive breast-feeding rates up by 4% in the first six months.

December 17, 2010

More than 6% of women who gave birth in hospitals in the United States in 2008 had diabetes or developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy, according to a new analysis by the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

December 16, 2010

Yogurt brand Dannon agreed to drop what government officials are calling "exaggerated health claims" for two of its products.

December 16, 2010

The Natural Products Association last week announced the 14th annual Natural Products Day to be held here April 6, 2011.

December 15, 2010

Tens of millions of Americans have bought medications online without a prescription, according to a new study.

December 15, 2010

New York’s state Medicaid program could save $2.2 billion over 10 years by managing Medicaid pharmacy benefits more like private-sector employer plans, state employee plans and Medicare, according to a new study by healthcare policy research firm The Lewin Group.

December 15, 2010

The dietary supplement industry’s leading trade associations on Wednesday joined forces with the Food and Drug Administration to support heightened efforts to address public health problems posed by products that are illegally marketed as dietary supplements but contain the same active ingredients as FDA-approved drugs or other ingredients that do not qualify as dietary ingredients.

December 15, 2010

A new Consumer Reports poll released Monday found that only one-fifth of U.S. adults were aware of having purchased food, medication or a product (other than a car) that was recalled in the past three years.

December 14, 2010

As part of its ongoing efforts to stop “bogus” health claims, the Federal Trade Commission on Monday reached a settlement requiring NBTY to stop making false and unproven claims that their supplements promote healthy brain and eye development in children, the agency announced.

December 14, 2010

With just days left before the holiday shopping season draws to a close, the National Retail Federation has increased its forecast as the economic environment gives way to increased consumer spending.

December 14, 2010

Partnership for Prevention on Tuesday named Jason Spangler the organization’s chief medical officer.

December 10, 2010

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

December 10, 2010

McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Thursday voluntarily recalled all lots of Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength Plus Gas Softchews and Rolaids Multisymptom Plus Antigas Softchews distributed in the United States. McNeil is taking this action following some consumer reports of foreign materials in the product, including metal and wood particles.

December 10, 2010

Most beneficiaries of the Medicare Part D program are unaware of new measures to close the so-called “donut hole” coverage gap, according to a recent poll.

December 8, 2010

Mass merchandiser Costco had global sales of $18.82 billion during first quarter fiscal 2011, which ended Nov. 21, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

December 8, 2010

The Natural Products Association on Wednesday named Kim Dresser NPA VP membership, with the responsibility of leading the association’s membership services and education department.

December 7, 2010

The war of words between independent pharmacies and the pharmacy benefit management industry again is heating up. And again, the two groups are at odds over the question of how transparent — or opaque — the PBM industry’s business dealings with its clients are, and whether those business practices demand reform.

December 7, 2010

Procter & Gamble has inked a multiyear partnership with National Hockey League star Alex Ovechkin to serve as a Gillette brand ambassador.

December 7, 2010

WASHINGTON — Proclaiming the potential cost-saving benefits of its signature legislative accomplishment, the massive health-reform bill enacted earlier this year, the White House is projecting that the Affordable Care Act will reduce average costs per patient enrolled in Medicare by thousands of dollars over the next decade.