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Axe introduces Sport Blast 2-in-1 shower gel and shampoo

BY Allison Cerra

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Axe has added an item to its shower product range.

Axe Sport Blast 2-in-1 shower gel and shampoo is designed to deliver a maximum energy boost following a big game or workout and features a lather and fragrance that aims to invigorate guys’ minds and bodies, the company said.

To celebrate the launch of Sports Blast, the brand has tapped supermodel Kate Upton and pro-football player Jason Pierre-Paul, who will host the Axe Sport Blast Combine House — a competitive party space where the two will square off in a series of challenges — in New York on Wednesday.

Axe Sport Blast 2-in-1 shower gel and shampoo currently is available at most food, drug and mass retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $3.99.

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CRN, FMI partner on educational tool for pharmacists

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Food Marketing Institute announced they are working together to remind pharmacists about their legal obligations when selling dietary supplements in a retail setting.

CRN and FMI said they have added an insert page specifically for pharmacists to CRN’s "Roadmap for Retailers" — a free brochure released last year — which highlights the valuable role pharmacists play in helping to guide consumers as they seek information on dietary supplements. Pharmacists and other pharmacy personnel can use the "Roadmap" as a reminder about the kinds of claims that are acceptable in retail pharmacies, CRN and FMI said.

"As part of CRN’s ongoing commitment to educating healthcare professionals about the safe use of dietary supplements, this partnership gives CRN the opportunity to help educate a community of healthcare practitioners who deal directly with millions and millions of consumers who want information about dietary supplements," CRN VP scientific and regulatory affairs Duffy MacKay said. "Working with FMI on this project gives us further access to the pharmacists who sell our products and want to stay on the right side of the law."

As part of the partnership, the organizations will extend this education effort by holding a webinar later this year for pharmacists on Pharmacist Society, an online community for pharmacy professionals sponsored by the Drug Store News Group.

"We are pleased to join forces with CRN to produce this educational tool for retail pharmacists," said Cathy Polley, VP health and wellness and executive director of the FMI Foundation. "Pharmacists are highly trained, valuable resources for consumers, and the ‘Roadmap’ will serve as a helpful reference tool when guiding consumers to dietary supplements to support their health regimens."


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FDA outlines global food, drug, device safety strategy

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Globalization has led to a rapid increase in the drugs and foods arriving on U.S. shores from abroad, a trend that has prompted U.S. regulators to transform their approach.

The Food and Drug Administration released a report Monday detailing its strategies for what it called transforming from a domestic to a global public health agency.

"As our world transforms and becomes increasingly globalized, we must come together in new, unprecedented, even unexpected ways to build a public health safety net for consumers around the world," FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

The report outlines several strategies that include partnerships with other agencies around the world, development and harmonization of scientific regulatory standards, increasing awareness about the importance of regulatory systems and sharing data and information globally to aid rapid identification and response to public health emergencies.

According to the agency, imports of pharmaceutical products have increased nearly 13%, while device imports and imports of food products have each increased by 10%.


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Apr-25-2012 03:28 am

Just back from India on a a US OTC drug sourcing mission. US FDA should be concerned, but the problem can be managed if we think along the lines of what Pres. Reagan has been famous for Trust but verify with the Russians during the cold war. WE NEED THE SAME MANTRA with India and China. Trusting at face value or based on quality agreements or written contracts is suicide with India and China. Americans should be very alarmed! Ram Balani CEO-Founder FDASmart Inc. Email: [email protected] www.fdasmart.com

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