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Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, trade associations discuss importance of supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus, in cooperation with the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association, held a briefing on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the important role of dietary supplements in the ongoing wellness and prevention conversation.

The briefing included discussion of how supplements fit into the shifting of a system based on diagnosis and treatment to one of prevention and wellness. With the passage of healthcare reform, the wellness and prevention paradigm is gaining added attention as Americans look for ways to stay healthy longer — and dietary supplements are one of the tools consumers should consider.

“Supplements used properly help prevent disease and promote good health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle,” commented Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. “Scientific evidence strongly suggests that the use of daily dietary supplements would be an effective way to address nutritional gaps” in deficient populations, he added.

The luncheon briefing featured speaker David Grotto, a registered dietician and president of Nutrition Housecall, who discussed the important role of dietary supplements as part of a well-rounded nutrition program, particularly for those who don’t get all their nutrients from food alone. “We know that a healthy diet and lifestyle, along with appropriate dietary supplements, can really make a difference in helping to mitigate” health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke, Grotto said.

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AccuDial expands board of directors

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. AccuDial Pharmaceutical on Wednesday announced the expansion of its board of directors by five executives.

New board member appointments include:

  • Schuyler Jungen Baab — president and CEO of Pathfinders Government Relations, a government relations consulting practice in Washington. Baab previously served as deputy under-secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Stephen Key — a successful inventor and entrepreneur with more than 20 licensed products in the past 30 years. Key’s rotating label is the patented technology that AccuDial Pharmaceutical has licensed for its weight-based dosing of liquid medications.
  • Patrick Lonergan — formerly a 30-year veteran with Johnson & Johnson, where he held a number of leadership positions, including VP and general manager. While at Johnson & Johnson, he served as a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson Products and was chairman of the Health Care Division Management Committee. Lonergan also has served as vice chairman of the board of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, business chairman for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and chairman of the National Wholesale Druggists’ Association Industry Development Committee. He is the co-founder of Numark Labs and has served as its president since January 1989.
  • Christopher Metz — a managing director of Sun Capital Partners, a private investment firm in South Florida with approximately $8 billion of equity capital under management. Prior to joining Sun Capital Partners, Metz was president of the Hardware and Home Improvement Group of Black & Decker, holding several senior positions during his 13-year tenure. Metz also was president of Kwikset Corp. and Price Pfister, and was general manager of European Professional Power Tools and Accessories.
  • Matthew O’Connor — served as president/partner for USI Florida and was the founding partner of several successful start-ups, including the North Broward School, which was sold in 2005 to Wall Street investment firm Sterling Capital to launch Ameritas Schools International. As president of AMG Enterprises, O’Connor leads boutique real estate development projects on coastal properties.

“It is truly a privilege for a relatively new pharmaceutical company such as AccuDial to have the counsel of five seasoned executives with incomparable industry experience,” stated Robert Terwilliger, president, chairman and CEO of AccuDial. “We look forward to working with them and the rest of our board members to pursue the dynamic growth opportunities and expansion of AccuDial’s products — from OTC medications to prescription and institutional, as well as veterinary applications.”

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SOS 4 Life launches Health Records app for the world traveler

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON SOS 4 Life, a company that provides medical mobile applications, on Wednesday announced the launch of its Health Records iPhone app dedicated to providing peace of mind during a medical crisis while in a foreign country.

The application stores a patient’s most important medical information, including allergies, medical conditions and medication history in a health record on a mobile phone, and provides an immediate translation of that health record into Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese or Dutch without the need of an Internet connection.

“SOS 4 Life has been created to help people who travel, live or work abroad to take better care of their health,” stated Heike Unverhau, who created the app in collaboration with more than 20 medical practitioners across Europe. “We wanted to develop a convenient, helpful and reliable application that would help people to live life to the [fullest], whilst minimizing some of the risks associated with international travel,” he said. “[People] often don’t realize that doctors need to know their medical history to help effectively, especially when they have pre-existing conditions, take medications or have allergies.”

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