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CRN appoints USP, FDA veteran to VP scientific and international affairs

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced Jim Griffiths has been named as the association’s VP scientific and international affairs, effective Oct. 10.

“We are very pleased to be able to add someone of Dr. Griffiths’ stature to what is already arguably the strongest scientific team representing the industry," stated Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO. "He will bring to CRN a renewed and collaborative focus on international affairs, and we expect his expertise will positively affect regulatory and nutrition policy globally." 

For the past five years, Griffiths worked with the United States Pharmacopoeia, where he managed various food and dietary supplement strategic initiatives, including those related to global food and dietary supplement alliances. In his role at USP, he handled excipient standards for dietary supplements, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals, and was responsible for oversight of the organization’s Food Chemicals Codex, the Dietary Supplement Compendium and the National Formulary.

With 25 years of experience in food safety and regulatory affairs, he began his career as a regulatory review toxicologist at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. His experience also includes scientific/regulatory positions at the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers’ Association, International Specialty Products, Avon Products and Burdock and Associates.   

Griffiths holds a Ph.D. in toxicology from Rutgers University & Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He is currently serving a two-year term as president for both the Toxicology and Safety Division, Institute of Food Technologists and the Society of Toxicology’s Food Safety Specialty Section. In 2012, he was honored with IFT’s Bernard L. Oser Award for Food Safety. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Excipients and Food Chemicals, and publishes extensively in scientific journals.  

CRN’s science and regulatory team includes Duffy MacKay, VP scientific and regulatory affairs; Taylor Wallace, senior director of scientific and regulatory affairs; Rend Al-Mondhiry, regulatory counsel; Haiuyen Nguyen, senior manager of scientific research and regulatory affairs; and consultants Annette Dickinson and John Hathcock.

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Rite Aid’s American Pharmacist Month contest includes techs, Wellness Ambassadors

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Customers who nominate their favorite members of a pharmacy team at local Rite Aid stores will have a chance to win $2,500 in gift cards, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Rite Aid announced the ninth annual contest, in which customers can nominate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, cashiers and Wellness Ambassadors. The contest, which runs through Oct. 31, is in recognition of American Pharmacists Month in October. Customers who fill out a mail-in nomination form will be entered into a random drawing to win the prize.

"Our loyal customers choose Rite Aid as their trusted pharmacy because of the personal service they receive when they walk in our doors," Rite Aid SVP pharmacy operations Dan Miller said. "As any of our pharmacists can tell you, it takes the efforts of the entire pharmacy to care for our customers. By expanding this contest, we’re able to recognize all of the pharmacy team members who help us make it personal at Rite Aid all year long."

The American Pharmacists Association also marked American Pharmacists Month by encouraging the public to discuss their medicates with pharmacists and get to know them while learning about education, prevention and wellness services they offer, including medication therapy management, under the theme of "Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine."


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MFA gets ready for holidays with new stocking stuffers

BY Allison Cerra

TOLEDO, Ohio — Mark Feldstein and Associates has introduced unique housewares and gifts in time for the holiday season.

  • MFA said its Plant Pal moisture meter now is available in a snowman variety. Each meter features a moisture-sensing probe that measures moisture at a plant’s root level to help prevent under- or over-watering. The Plant Pal carries a suggested retail price of $11.95;

  • MFA’s new talking pedometer announces calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken and workout time, as well as a pull-out panic alarm that attracts attention in an emergency. The talking pedometer carries a suggested retail price of $12.95;

  • To keep warm this season, MFA has introduced an ice scraper mitt. The durable, quilted, insulated ice scraper fabric mitt with attached plastic scraper removes ice and snow from a vehicle while keeping hands warm on cold days. Available in black, red, pink and zebra, the mitt carries a suggested retail price of $10.95;

  • New gel hand warmers are knitted and feature two reusable gel heat packs that will keep hands warm by simply snappign gel activator disks to warm the heat packs to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Available in snowflake and stripe patterns, the hand warmers carry a suggested retail price of $9.95 per pair;

  • The handbag hanger keeps a safe and clean securely suspending a handbag from any table edge. Holding up to 33 lbs., the handbag hanger, which includes a miniature picture frame, carries a suggested retail price of $9.95;

  • The holiday mini-jar glass flameless candle set includes three 2-in. real wax candles in sugar cookie, cinnamon and gingerbread scents. Battery-operated, each candle has an LED light that flickers and glows like a real candle — minus the hazards of an open flame or melting wax. Each set carries a suggested retail price of $9.95; and

  • The Illuminator LED flashlight AM/FM radio is a no-bulb/no-battery combination flashlight radio that operates on energy stored from the wind-up dynamo. The radio carries a suggested retail price of $19.95.

"With a wide range of trend-setting products, MFA provides the perfect holiday gift-giving solutions for just about everyone," MFA president Mark Feldstein said. "We are constantly striving to develop innovative and affordable products that go way beyond the ordinary."

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