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Botanical Labs recalls Wellesse supplement

BY Michael Johnsen

FERNDALE, Wash. — Botanical Labs on Monday recalled 38 bottles of its 33.8-oz. "Wellesse Digestive 3 in 1 Health" liquid dietary supplement and 275 bottles of its 16-oz. "Wellesse Digestive Health 3 in 1" liquid dietary supplement, because of a potential contamination with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration advised consumers Thursday.

According to the recall release, Botanical Labs was informed by raw ingredient supplier Corn Product on May 29 that one of its ingredients used to make "Digestive 3 in 1 Health" had tested positive for salmonella.

To date, raw material received and tested by Botanical Labs have tested negative for salmonella, according to Botanical. To date, no lots of "Digestive 3 in 1 Health" final product have tested positive for salmonella, the company added.

The product being recalled was distributed after May 1.

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AAP sponsors prescription drug abuse education event

BY Alaric DeArment

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Government authorities are working to educate independent pharmacy owners on prescription drug abuse, an independent pharmacy network said.

In an event sponsored by American Associated Pharmacies in San Diego, Drug Enforcement Administration deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Diversion Control Joseph Rannazzisi discussed topics related to prescription drug abuse. Rannazzisi explained how drug abusers divert prescription drugs through doctor shopping, forged prescriptions, theft and the Internet.

According to the "National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2008" report, there were 2.5 million people who used prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives for the first time, compared with the 2.2 million who tried marijuana for the first time. The 2010 report found that prescription and OTC drugs accounted for most of the top drugs abused by 12th graders.

 


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Hamacher to present at Good Neighbor Pharmacy annual conference

BY Michael Johnsen

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group will present at Good Neighbor Pharmacy’s ThoughtSpot Conference to be held June 20 to 23 in Las Vegas, the company announced Thursday.

Tom Boyer, a national account manager and part of the owners group at HRG, will present the continuing education session “Front-End: Cause & Effect” on June 21. The session is worth 1.5 CE credits for registered pharmacists.

“Participating once again at this conference is a great way for us to share our insights and knowledge with pharmacists to help them improve profits,” Boyer stated. We know pharmacists have a lot on their plate, and we provide them with actionable tips that will help them better serve their customers and increase revenue.”

During the session Boyer will reveal 15 strategies pharmacies can employ to increase their front-end sales by dedicating efforts to everything from cross-merchandising and customer service to inventory condition and new item additions.

A regular speaker at pharmacy schools and other industry events, Boyer also works directly with community-based pharmacies to assess and offer recommendations for improvements on everything from building exteriors to products on the shelves.

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