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Dextromethorphan bill passes in House, now awaits Senate consideration

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Just four weeks after being introduced, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2009, which restricts the sale of bulk, unfinished DXM to those distributors registered with the Food and Drug Administration.

“The deadly reality is that our teens think that it’s safe to get high off of DXM because it is a common ingredient in cough syrup – the passage of the DXM bill in the House is an important step in shattering that myth,” stated Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., who introduced the bill March 3. “This is too important an issue not to get done – kids’ lives literally hang in the balance and I urge the Senate to swiftly follow suit. This commonsense piece of legislation will put an end to the bulk sale of DXM over the Internet, and keep our kids safe from the dangers of this type of drug abuse.”

The bill would make it illegal to distribute unfinished DXM to a person or company not previously registered with the FDA, or registered or licensed clinics, compounding pharmacists, pharmacies and researchers. The measure, which passed the House by a vote of 407 to 8, now awaits consideration in the Senate.

“[Today] the House of Representatives took an important step toward controlling the bulk supply of DXM and we urge the Senate to do the same,” stated Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for a Drug-Free America. “This legislation will help reduce the abuse of DXM, a dangerous behavior that 2.4 million teens report engaging in during their lifetime. The work of policymakers, combined with the efforts of concerned parents communicating the risks of DXM abuse to their kids, will have a significant positive impact on this issue.”

Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association explained that there is no reason for anyone but “but manufacturers, pharmacists, and researchers to have the raw form of this ingredient.”

“The companies that sell this potent ingredient to kids are unscrupulous online pushers, knowingly providing teens the raw form of DXM as a means to get high,” Suydam said.

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ReVive to be distributed at local pharmacies

BY Michael Johnsen

HOBOKEN, N.J. Bio Medical Research Limited is making a concentrated effort this spring in placing its ReVive product, approved by the Food and Drug Administration last summer, onto drug store shelves.

ReVive helps to soothe tired muscles and promotes muscle recovery using a clinically-proven technology called electronic muscle stimulation.

The portable product provides six different muscle conditioning and recovery programs to soothe upper and lower back, shoulder, calf and other muscle groups commonly aggravated by regular exercise or exertion, Patricia Smith, CEO of Bio Medical, noted. “ReVive provides consumers with the professional technology used by physical therapists in a single, easy-to-use consumer product designed specifically for today’s active consumers.”

Bio Medical was originally sold through retailers like Sports Authority, GNC and Bed, Bath and Beyond, but is now taking a more targeted approach through pharmacies like A&P’s pharmacy banners and online druggist drugstore.com.

The ReVive muscle wellness product is currently approved for purchase using flexible spending accounts, Bio Medical noted.

Bio Medical is also developing a new product for pain relief in June, which uses TENS technology.

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Prilosec OTC fires up a BBQ tour for NASCAR fans

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI The Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series kicks off Friday, Procter & Gamble announced, before the Samsung 500 race commences at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend.

Through a partnership with Speedway Motorsports and Speed TV, segments from Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series competitions will begin airing April 3 at 7 p.m.

The BBQ Shootout Series is a Prilosec OTC sponsored event that rolls into NASCAR cities in the week before a race that gives NASCAR fans an opportunity to taste best-in-class BBQ, meet NASCAR drivers and win tickets to upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. On the Wednesday or Thursday before each Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series competition, select NASCAR drivers and pit masters will appear at participating Walmart locations in each race city for cooking demonstrations, BBQ sampling and autographs, P&G noted. Consumers in attendance will also have the opportunity to win tickets to that weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“It’s such a great opportunity to work with a brand that not only invests in the sport of NASCAR but also appreciates the passions of its fans,” stated Jeff Burton, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

Prilosec OTC sponsors Burton’s No. 31 team.

In addition to the Texas Motor Speedway, Jeff Burton and competing pit masters will join the Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series at the following locations and times:

  • Richmond International Raceway – April 30-May 2
  • Lowe’s Motor Speedway – May 21-24
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway – July 23-July 26
  • Bristol Motor Speedway – August 20-22
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway – September 3 – 6

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