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Congressman ask for review of Bayer aspirin heart health claims

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Two Michigan democrats have singled out Bayer’s marketing of its Aspirin with Heart Advantage, a combination product that includes a dietary supplement, that appears to go against a Food and Drug Administration’s request not to advertise such products, said House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, according to a Reuters report published Tuesday.

Dingell, along with Rep. Bart Stupak, fired off two letters suggesting that the supplement/analgesic combination product might need FDA approval—one to Bayer and the other to Health and Human Services secretary Michael Leavitt. HHS oversees the FDA.

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Newly released pregnancy test tells gender of baby-to-be

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNNYVALE, Calif. Consumer Genetics on Wednesday released a new pregnancy test kit that can also help identify the gender of the baby-to-be with a positive result.

As many as half of expectant parents want to know the gender of their child, the company stated, citing a 2007 Gallup Panel poll. Suggested retail price for the kit is $24.95.

Once a woman determines she is pregnant, she can use the included gender test kit as early as 7 weeks post-conception. The gender test involves a finger-prick blood sample for DNA collection and preservation. The kit is then mailed to the lab, with an additional lab fee of $199. Based on the company’s internal research study, the Consumer Genetics gender testing technology boasts slightly greater than 95 percent accuracy.

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Quigley releases OTC medication for chest relief in children ages 6 and up

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTON, Pa. The Quigley Corporation on Wednesday introduced the new Kids-EEZE Chest Relief a single-ingredient, allopathic expectorant with guaifenesin to help children, ages six and up, suffering from uncomfortable chest congestion.

Kids-EEZE Chest Relief provides an alternative to the many multi-symptom children’s cold products that could potentially lead to overmedication, the company stated.

The product is available as a soft chew in strawberry and grape flavors.

“In recent years, the cough and cold remedy category has seen a growth in multi-symptom cold remedies, which has led to concerns about parents overmedicating their kids and treating symptoms their children weren’t actually suffering from,” stated Albert Piechotta, executive director of communications and investor relations at the Quigley Corporation.

“Chest congestion is a typical symptom of the common cold and one that is uncomfortable for children,” added Dr. Paul Horowitz of Discovery Pediatrics in Valencia, California. “Making a cough more productive can really make the child feel better and reduce the chances of that chest congestion turning into something more serious.”

Suggested retail price is $7.99.

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