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CHPA commends California for packaging law clarification on the use of excess container capacity

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing S.B. 465 into law, which clarifies the current state law on the use of empty space between the product and excess container capacity, commonly referred to as “nonfunctional slack fill.”

While a variety of federal and state-specific statutes protect consumers against deceptions or misrepresentation, manufacturers have faced inconsistent enforcement actions in California for their product packaging even though the packaging meets one of the statutory exemptions. S.B. 465 clarifies existing law that if a package satisfies any one of the nonfunctional slack fill exemptions, the package is exempt from liability.

“We thank Gov. Brown and the California legislature from bringing clarity to the law. Manufacturers who package their products in a way that gives consumers facts they need to make well-informed choices and ensures product quality shouldn’t be at-risk to unfair penalties. This change advances that objective,” stated CHPA president and CEO Scott Melville.

Melville noted this measure is of significance to over-the-counter medicine companies, which have special considerations and labeling requirements when developing product packaging. Since the late 1960s, all OTC medicines have been required by law to state the quantity of the contents on the front of the package. While some OTC medicines may come in packaging that may at casual glance seem larger than necessary, this can be for many reasons, such as sufficient size to include the Drug Facts information, to assure the stability of the contents, or to allow for child-resistant packaging features.

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Pharmaca helps almost 400,000 children use supplements through Vitamin Angel donations

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Monday announced that it has served nearly 400,000 children through its partnership with Vitamin Angels. Donations have added up to $98,000 since the start of the partnership in 2004, enough money to serve more than 395,000 people.      

“Pharmaca has been one of our longest and most consistent contributors,” stated Brittany Andrews, account manager for Vitamin Angels. “Pharmaca’s highly trained staff truly understands the value and importance of essential nutrients. They are not only passionate about the health of their customers, but also about ensuring the health and wellbeing of children around the world.”

“From the start, we have felt strongly about sharing the gift of healthy living with people far and wide — not just with our customers,” said Don Summerfield, Pharmaca’s VP integrative medicine. “Vitamin Angels has been the perfect partner in this venture, and we’re so happy we have been able to contribute to their important work.”

Pharmaca collects donations for Vitamin Angels throughout the year, and runs several special promotions each year to encourage customer donations. Pharmaca hopes to reach another 80,000 children in 2014.  

 

 

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Health insurance information to be made available on SoloHealth kiosks

BY Michael Johnsen

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — SoloHealth and eHealth, parent company of eHealthInsurance, on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership to help expand consumer awareness and enrollment in individual, family and Medicare health insurance plans. 

The partnership makes eHealth’s plan selection and comparison tools available, in selected geographies, to many of the more than 130,000 people who use the SoloHealth Stations every day across America. SoloHealth Station users will be able to explore their health insurance options via eHealthInsurance.com.

“We are excited to partner with eHealth to make insurance options more easily available and accessible to our consumers engaging daily with our SoloHealth Stations across the nation,” stated Bart Foster, CEO SoloHealth. “With state health insurance marketplaces opening today, we are pleased to be part of spreading awareness and information to empower consumers to take control of their healthcare and find plans that fit their personal needs.”

“We’re pleased to be partnering with SoloHealth, whose convenient, easy-to-use kiosks engage with millions of consumers in a contextually relevant manner when health care is top of mind,” commented Bill Shaughnessy, president and COO eHealth. “The Affordable Care Act is expected to expand health insurance access to more Americans, and consumers need to have simple and effective tools to better understand their options and enroll in the individual, family and Medicare plans that best meet their needs.”

 

 

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