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CHPA praises North Carolina’s passage of PSE sales blocking technology legislation

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The North Carolina legislature passed a real-time, stop-sale system, which allows law-abiding citizens to access medicines containing pseudoephedrine, while stopping sales that exceed the legal limit.

The passage was lauded by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

"Today’s passage of a real-time, stop-sale system is a victory for law-abiding North Carolinians who rely on access to medicines containing pseudoephedrine for cold and allergy relief. With the enactment of legislation implementing sales-blocking technology in the state, criminals seeking out basic medications in an effort to produce methamphetamine have lost," said Carlos Gutierrez, CHPA director of state government relations. "We urge [North Carolina state] governor [Bev] Perdue to sign the bill into law as it provides law enforcement with a critical tool, while allowing hardworking families to access the safe and effective medicines they need."

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Genesis Today brings Wake Me, Relax Me to Walmart

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN, Texas — Genesis Today has introduced two functional beverages exclusively at Walmart.

The company said that its Wake Me and Relax Me drinks are designed to help consumers respectively energize and relax in a healthy way.

Wake Me blends together vitamins and nutrients in a tangerine-orange juice and includes 500% daily value of vitamin B12, theanine, guarana seed and green tea leaf extract.

Relax Me, meanwhile, is a berry tea blend that promotes healthy sleep cycles, lower anxiety levels and overall calmness with melatonin, theanine, tryptophan and other natural compounds. It also contains extract from the montmorency cherry, a natural source of melatonin, Genesis Today said.

"Our Wake Me and Relax Me beverages harness the power of nature to halt this cycle by providing the super-nutrients the body needs to naturally boost energy and rest easily," Genesis Today founder, president and CEO Lindsey Duncan said. "Wake Me and Relax Me are easy additions to your daily routine. We’ve combined great taste with serious functionality and made it easy, accessible and affordable for everyone to look and feel better from the inside out."

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Urinozinc expands retail distribution to GNC

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI — A dietary supplement that is designed to alleviate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate has arrived at GNC.

Urinozinc prostate formula now is available at all corporate-owned GNC Live Well stores and at select GNC franchise stores, the company said. Product ingredients for Urinozinc include saw palmetto extract, pumpkin seed, zinc, pygeum africanum, lycopene, magnesium, selenium, folic acid and vitamins B6, B12 and E.

Urinozinc currently is available for purchase at such retail locations as Bi-Lo, Duane Reade, H-E-B, Publix, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart.

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