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Appellate court rules in favor of Hi-Tech in FTC suit

BY Michael Johnsen

NORCROSS, Ga. – Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals was successful in their appeal against the FTC to overturn a $40 million verdict handed down last year for not having double-blind placebo tests to substantiate advertising, the company announced Thursday. A federal appeals court threw out a judge's ruling that required Hi-Tech and its CEO, Jared Wheat, to pay $40 million for making claims such as fat burner and general structure/function claims allowed by the FDA, Hi-Tech reported. 
 
The $40 million FTC verdict – one of the largest obtained by the FTC against a supplement manufacturer – until the appeals court ruling had caused concern amongst the industry that the FTC was trying to force this double-blind, placebo clinical trial standard on the entire supplement industry. 
 
The 11th circuit ruled that the federal judge didn't let Hi-Tech present the evidence they had to support their weight loss claims, including "several expert declaration that the representations were substantiated by 'competent and reliable scientific evidence.'" The federal judge had ruled that Hi-Tech did not have double-blind, placebo trials to substantiate its advertising claims like "metabolic aid or thermogenic" and suggested that only a pharmaceutical phase 1 clinical trial would do. These trials are estimated at more than $200 million for a weight loss product.
 

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Perrigo Animal Health launches G/C supplement for dogs

BY Michael Johnsen

OMAHA, Neb. — Perrigo Animal Health, a division of Perrigo Co., on Tuesday announced that it has launched PetArmor Joint Health Maximum, a supplement for dogs that contains glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and manganese — the same active ingredients found in the No. 1 vet-recommended CosequinDS Maximum Strength Joint Health Supplement.
 
The combination of these ingredients delivers maximum joint support and protection for puppies and dogs of all ages by helping to build cartilage and connective tissue, lubricate joints, maintain healthy joint fluid pressure and support joint health. 
 
The highly palatable tablets are economical for long-term use and come in a bottle of 60 chewable tablets. PetArmor Joint Health Maximum is available at Walmart stores nationwide. 

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Survey: Only 16% of sleep-deprived Americans track their sleep

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
 
MINNEAPOLIS — Up late? Early riser? Regardless, if you’re like most Americans, your sleep is taking a big hit. 
 
According to a new Sleep Number study conducted by an independent research firm, Americans sleep an average of 6.7 hours per night (experts recommend eight). But, only 5.7 hours of that are considered restful. If that’s not enough to make you want to take a nap, 41% report they get four hours or less of restful sleep per night.
 
New York may be home to the “city that never sleeps,” but there are 11 states getting less sleep than the Empire State, including Georgia and Hawaii, the most sleep-deprived states in the country. Visit Sleepnumber.com/CommitToSleep for national and state-by-state statistics.
 
States getting the least amount of sleep are:
 
  • Georgia (6.1 hours);
  • Hawaii (6.3 hours);
  • Nevada (6.3 hours);
  • Oklahoma (6.4 hours); and
  • Arizona (6.4 hours).
 
States that get the most sleep, but still don’t hit the recommended eight hours, are:
 
  • Idaho (7.1 hours);
  • New Hampshire (7.1 hours);
  • Vermont (7.1 hours);
  • Montana (7 hours); and
  • Oregon (6.9 hours). 
 
According to the study, more than half of people (58%) wish they knew more about improving their sleep quality, with Hawaii at the top of that list (78%). Yet, few actually track their sleep like they do other parts of their lives. As many as 43% of Americans have tried tracking exercise and 41% have tried tracking diet, yet only 16% have tracked their sleep.
 

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