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AAHP responds to report that questions safety of homeopathic remedies

BY Michael Johnsen

SANTA ROSA, Calif. The American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists on Friday struck back against an Associated Press report published Thursday that questioned the overall safety of homeopathic remedies in the wake of the warning letter issued by the Food and Drug Administration to Matrixx Initiatives earlier in the week around safety concerns of two Zicam products.

“Consumers and healthcare professionals alike should be assured that the FDA’s action in regard to certain Zicam products does not apply to this class of drugs as a whole,” the association stated. “Rather, the FDA’s advisory relates only to the nasal application of a specific zinc product.”

Homeopathic medications are regulated by the FDA and have been used safely in the United States since before the passage of the 1938 federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the AAHP added. “The FDA’s Compliance Policy Guide … has been an effective and workable way to regulate homeopathic drugs since 1988, and, as shown by the FDA’s action on June 16, it allows the FDA to take action when action is required to protect the public,” the AAHP stated.

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Schering-Plough teams up wih Tekscan

BY Michael Johnsen

BOSTON Schering-Plough Health Care Products and Tekscan on Thursday announced their partnership to develop a revolutionary new kiosk designed to assess a customer’s feet and recommend the optimal Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic.

The consumer steps up to the kiosk and onto the sensing platform and, within seconds, receives a Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic recommendation based on his or her foot pressure pattern, arch type and foot length. The orthotic, designed with special cushioning and support layers, offloads high-pressure areas with support and comfort in mind.

The Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics system uses the patented science of Tekscan’s pressure-sensing technology along with sophisticated algorithms to recommend a perfect fit.

Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotic Kiosks can be found in Meijer, Kroger, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens retail stores in select markets, with further expansion planned.

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Bhelliom Energy Products releases new energy shot

BY Michael Johnsen

BOCA RATON, Fla. Bhelliom Energy Products on Wednesday released into the market a 2 oz. Mr Energy 8-HR Energy Shot, which includes a blend of energy berries acai, noni, goji and pomegranate.

“The acai berry is currently enjoying worldwide recognition not only as an antioxidant, but also as an energy supplement,” stated Casey McCarthy, Bhelliom president. “Acai berry’s other significant nutrients include amino acids, vitamins and trace minerals, in addition to a variety of phytonutrients.”

Goji berry has been used as a tonic by herbalists to provide a sense of well-being, McCarthy added, and noni is known among herbalists as a tonic associated with greater energy levels, as well as a powerful immune system builder.

The new energy shot is packaged in a resealable 2 oz. bottle and retails for a suggested $3.49.

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