CRN, FMI partner on educational tool for pharmacists
WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Food Marketing Institute announced they are working together to remind pharmacists about their legal obligations when selling dietary supplements in a retail setting.
CRN and FMI said they have added an insert page specifically for pharmacists to CRN’s "Roadmap for Retailers" — a free brochure released last year — which highlights the valuable role pharmacists play in helping to guide consumers as they seek information on dietary supplements. Pharmacists and other pharmacy personnel can use the "Roadmap" as a reminder about the kinds of claims that are acceptable in retail pharmacies, CRN and FMI said.
"As part of CRN’s ongoing commitment to educating healthcare professionals about the safe use of dietary supplements, this partnership gives CRN the opportunity to help educate a community of healthcare practitioners who deal directly with millions and millions of consumers who want information about dietary supplements," CRN VP scientific and regulatory affairs Duffy MacKay said. "Working with FMI on this project gives us further access to the pharmacists who sell our products and want to stay on the right side of the law."
As part of the partnership, the organizations will extend this education effort by holding a webinar later this year for pharmacists on Pharmacist Society, an online community for pharmacy professionals sponsored by the Drug Store News Group.
"We are pleased to join forces with CRN to produce this educational tool for retail pharmacists," said Cathy Polley, VP health and wellness and executive director of the FMI Foundation. "Pharmacists are highly trained, valuable resources for consumers, and the ‘Roadmap’ will serve as a helpful reference tool when guiding consumers to dietary supplements to support their health regimens."
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FDA outlines global food, drug, device safety strategy
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Globalization has led to a rapid increase in the drugs and foods arriving on U.S. shores from abroad, a trend that has prompted U.S. regulators to transform their approach.
The Food and Drug Administration released a report Monday detailing its strategies for what it called transforming from a domestic to a global public health agency.
"As our world transforms and becomes increasingly globalized, we must come together in new, unprecedented, even unexpected ways to build a public health safety net for consumers around the world," FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.
The report outlines several strategies that include partnerships with other agencies around the world, development and harmonization of scientific regulatory standards, increasing awareness about the importance of regulatory systems and sharing data and information globally to aid rapid identification and response to public health emergencies.
According to the agency, imports of pharmaceutical products have increased nearly 13%, while device imports and imports of food products have each increased by 10%.
Previously, the FDA has been regarded by the rest of Washington as being too mysterious in their motives for policies, and not transparent enough to be regarded without suspicion. Past presidents and Congresses have become easily frustrated with the agency because they often make important decisions without explaining their reasoning. President Obama, however, has recently teamed up with Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to “open up” the FDA and make their initiatives more clear to the public as well as Congress. Together, the President and Commissioner developed an idea for an Internal Task Force that hold public meetings and writes open blog posts. Thus, so far the relations between the President and the FDA have been friendly and congenial, which has already proved beneficial in making changes in Washington.open blog posts. Thus, so far the relations between the President and the FDA have been friendly and congenial, which has already proved beneficial in making changes in Washington. would you agree with this? _______________ Matthew Hoover DUI lawyer Miami
Just back from India on a a US OTC drug sourcing mission. US FDA should be concerned, but the problem can be managed if we think along the lines of what Pres. Reagan has been famous for Trust but verify with the Russians during the cold war. WE NEED THE SAME MANTRA with India and China. Trusting at face value or based on quality agreements or written contracts is suicide with India and China. Americans should be very alarmed! Ram Balani CEO-Founder FDASmart Inc. Email: [email protected] www.fdasmart.com
Olay launches ‘Beauty By Example’ campaign to honor moms
CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced that its Olay brand is looking to recognize 1 million moms by Mother’s Day through a new Facebook campaign.
Through its "Beauty By Example" campaign, women are invited to sign on to Olay’s Facebook page to underscore the bond between moms and daughters by encouraging them to sign a declaration to acknowledge their moms as their "Beauty By Example" for being both an inspiration and beautiful, inside and out. The "Beauty By Example" campaign also encourages women to showcase their moms’ beauty by posting a story on Olay’s Facebook wall or sharing a photo of her in Olay’s Facebook photo gallery. What’s more, fans can visit the video gallery to view inspirational vignettes featuring real moms and daughters — the winners of last year’s "Like Mom. Like Daughter" contest — who are also featured in the new print advertisements appearing in the May issues of Oprah, Elle and Marie Claire and the June issues of Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar.
As part of the "Beauty By Example" effort, Olay also is contributing up to 1 million oz. of product to Look Good Feel Better, a national public service program dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of women undergoing treatment for cancer.
"Olay has always been committed to helping women of all ages look and feel their best through our skincare solutions. Last year, we noticed many women commenting on our Facebook page, saying that their moms represented true beauty to them. That sparked the idea for our ‘Beauty By Example’ campaign, which celebrates the unique bond between mothers and daughters, and seeks to recognize millions of moms as truly inspirational," said Joe Arcuri, VP skin and personal care, North America at P&G. "We’re very excited to partner with look good feel better to help them fulfill their mission. The women they serve truly demonstrate ‘Beauty By Example’ every day."
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