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Delaware latest state to prohibit minors from buying DXM

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON— The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Monday commended Delaware Gov. Jack Markell for signing into law a bill prohibiting the sale of OTC medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan to minors.

Delaware becomes the 12th state to pass a law addressing the issue of cough medicine abuse among teens, CHPA noted.

“CHPA thanks Governor Jack Markell for signing the bill into law and Representative David Bentz and Senator Nicole Poore for shepherding the bill through the legislative process,” stated Scott Melville, president and CEO CHPA. “CHPA has long supported state efforts to curb teen OTC cough medicine abuse and has worked to increase parental awareness through its StopMedicineAbuse.org campaign. This bill will further allow parents to prevent abuse among teens, while continuing to ensure access for the millions of adults and families who responsibly use products containing DXM to relieve common cough symptoms.”

According to the 2015 National Institute on Drug Abuse’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, one in 30 teens abuses OTC cough medicine containing DXM to get high.
 

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CHPA adds 8 new members, names Perrigo EVP chairman of the board

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Thursday elected Jeff Needham as chairman of the CHPA Board of Directors at its June meeting. Needham serves as EVP and general manager of U.S. Consumer Healthcare for Perrigo Company, the nation’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter private label products for the store brand market.

Needham succeeds Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, who was previously VP of Personal Health Care North America and Global Digestive Wellness at Proctor & Gamble.

“I am very much looking forward to serve as chair and continuing to work closely with the board to help generate a positive environment for our industry and most importantly, serving our consumers,” Needham said.

Needham’s commitment to CHPA spans many years during which he has served as a board member, executive committee member, the finance committee chair, and most recently, chair-elect. Needham also serves as a member of the CHPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors.  

"CHPA benefits from strong board leadership, and I am delighted Jeff Needham will take on the role of chair,” stated Scott Melville, CHPA president and CEO. “He is ideally suited to help navigate the association through a changing healthcare landscape as we build upon the progress achieved under outgoing chair Patrick Lockwood-Taylor. We thank Patrick for his outstanding service to the industry and look forward to working with Jeff to help grow consumer health in America.”

Also, during the board meeting today, CHPA elected Thomas Finn, president, Global Personal Health Care, Procter & Gamble , who will serve on the CHPA board of directors and the CHPA Executive Committee.            

        
And CHPA elected Joy-Lee Pasqualoni, consumer communication leader- North America, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, to the CHPA Educational Foundation board of directors. Christopher DeWolf, president and CEO Lil’ Drug Store Products, will continue to serve as chair.

“We are pleased to have Joy-Lee join our board at this pivotal time for the CHPA Educational Foundation,” commented Colleen Creighton, director, CHPA Educational Foundation. “The foundation’s educational campaigns are having a positive impact on the safe use of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements, and we are prepared for significant growth in theyear ahead as we pursue our vision of happier, healthier lives through responsible self-care.”

In addition to the personnel moves, CHPA elected three new manufacturer members and five new associate members. Joining CHPA are:

 

  • Kowa Health Care America, which will be launching a branded analgesic late in 2016, contingent upon label review. Reiko Egashira, product marketing manager, will be the primary contact;
  • Molnlycke Health Care, which markets Hibiclens, an antiseptic/antimicrobial skin cleanser. Janet Carter-Smith, VP retail, will be the primary contact;and
  • Rounding out the new CHPA manufacturer members is Perfecta Products, which markets Zim's Max topical analgesics. Scott Gorley, president, will be the primary contact.

New CHPA associate members incude law firm Amin Talati and Upadhye; Edwin Hemwall, an OTC product development consultant; Kline, a syndicated market research firm; PDR, a provider of behavior-based prescription management programs; and Naturex, a natural ingredient supplier.
 

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Kashi cashes in on smoothie craze with new GOLEAN Plant Powered Shakes

BY Michael Johnsen

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. – Kashi introduced its GOLEAN Plant Powered Shakes, designed to help nourish the body pre- and post- activity. The new Non-GMO Project Verified recipe offers up to 21 grams of multi-source plant protein and superfood ingredients in one serving.

"We know that Americans are looking for alternative ways to get the nutrition they need – whether they are hiking, cycling, headed to yoga or just living an active life," stated Jeff Johnson, Kashi senior director of natural health and new ventures. "That is why we are excited to introduce the GOLEAN Plant Powered Shakes. The nutrient packed, vegan recipe and mix-and-go versatility can blend into any routine and deliver powerful nutrition so you can do the things you love."

A recent survey by Kashi found that one in four Americans consume smoothies regularly and that number is even higher for active Americans (those who work out two or more times a week). According to the survey, active Americans are primarily buying and creating smoothies to provide the boosts they need for their workouts, such as energy and protein – and are even turning to smoothies more often than other sources of protein such as nut butter, jerky, trendy meat bars or tofu.

In fact, 30% of active Americans drink smoothies because they can add a variety of ingredients, and they are also interested in trying unique add-ons such as matcha, kefir, beets and algae.

Kashi worked with a sports nutritionist to craft the new GOLEAN powder recipe with ingredients that #GOTOGETHER to make it easier for active bodies to get the nutrients they need – such as protein, potassium (an important electrolyte) and probiotics. The plant-powered recipe features superfoods like greens and sprouted legumes as well as unique ingredients that Americans are looking for such as beet powder, turmeric and matcha. And instead of whey or soy, the protein in the shakes comes from a multi-source plant blend of peas, seeds (hemp, chia and flax) and legumes.   

The GOLEAN Plant Powered Shakes are available in four varieties, including classic flavors like dark cocoa power, original inspiration and vanilla vinyasa, and more unique flavors such as matcha tea mantra. Each flavor is minimally sweetened, so they are customizable with other ingredients in a smoothie or can be simply paired with an alternative milk for an on-the-go shake.

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