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Bodybuilding supplements co. announces joint venture with GNC

BY Michael Johnsen

DOVER, Del. Extreme Physical Performance on Wednesday announced a new joint venture with General Nutrition Centers in distribution of its bodybuilding supplements Anabeutrol and Andritest.

“GNC’s commitment to consumers, reputation for quality, and massive retail muscle is the perfect match for EP2 products,” stated Ryan Keller, director of sales and marketing at EP2. “Because our mission is to develop clinically proven supplements that are safe and extremely effective, partnering with the most successful sports supplement retailer in the world is a natural fit for EP2.”

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FDA approves new packaging of Children’s Zyrtec Allergy

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved new packaging for McNeil Consumer Healthcare’s Children’s Zyrtec Allergy syrup, grape sugar-free, dye-free flavor, in a letter addressed to the supplier.

The new packaging will include a prefilled dosing spoon that will deliver a single dose, or 5 mg, of Zyrtec (cetirizine).

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CPhA responds to Attorney General Brown’s characterization of pharmacists as ”drug dealers”

BY Michael Johnsen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. In a press release issued Tuesday, the California Pharmacists Association took exception to an inflammatory reference made by Attorney General Jerry Brown that likened behind-the-bench pharmacists to street corner drug dealers, calling for the Attorney General’s office to issue a retraction.

“It is highly inappropriate for the Attorney General to make such a comparison when pharmacists are on the front lines of health care, protecting patients every day,” stated Lynn Rolston, CPhA CEO.  “Pharmacists have been found to have one of the highest levels of public trust. The Attorney General’s attempt to the discredit the profession by publicly disparaging pharmacists is insulting and without merit.”

Brown made the remark March 13, during a press conference regarding arrests made in the investigation of Anna Nicole Smith’s death. “Somebody died here,” Brown said, referring to Smith’s 2007 death of an overdose at the age of 39. “People think those drug dealers on the street corner are the only threat. People in white smocks in pharmacies and with their medical degrees are a growing threat.”

According to a press release issued by the Attorney General’s office last Friday, “the appropriate prescribing and dispensing practices of licensed doctors and pharmacies is under investigation.”

“CPhA is fully supportive of the AG’s goal of tackling illegal prescribing and abuse by patients through the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System,” Rolston said.

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