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FDA announces recall of two adulterated drugs available online

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration last week prompted the recall of two more products sold as supplements but adulterated with prescription medicines.

Drive Total Energy, headquartered in San Diego, recalled its Rock Hard Extreme and Passion Coffee dietary supplements. The FDA found that the products contained sulfoaildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil that is an FDA-approved drug used in the treatment of male erectile dysfunction.

Rock Hard Extreme and Passion Coffee, distributed by Drive Total Energy, are sold on Internet sites, online marketplaces, and in retail outlets in single blister packs, single packets and 10-count capsule bottles Rock Hard Extreme single pack Lot # 1152010, expiration date Jan. 15, 2013; Rock Hard Extreme Bottle Lot # 1152010, expiration date Jan. 15, 2013; Passion Coffee UPC 7 97882 00001 2.

Meanwhile, PRock Marketing of Kissimmee, Fla., recalled all lots of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta after the FDA confirmed that Fruta Planta contained sibutramine, a drug withdrawn from the market in December 2010 for safety reasons.

In this case, the FDA noted it had received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, including several cardiac events and one death.

Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta was sold online at FrutaPlanta.com and other online retailers.

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Helen of Troy closes Kaz transaction

BY Michael Johnsen

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy on Monday announced that it has completed its acquisition of humidifier manufacturer Kaz. Sales for the next 12 months, ending Dec. 31, 2011, are expected to exceed $400 million, the company announced.

Kaz markets products under a variety of brand names, including Vicks and Braun under license from Procter & Gamble and Honeywell under license from Honeywell. Kaz brands include Stinger, Softheat and Kaz. The company’s product portfolio includes vaporizers, humidifiers, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, hot/cold therapy, air purifiers, heaters, fans and dehumidifiers.

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Drug Store News story covered by the ‘Howard Stern Show’

BY Rob Eder

NEW YORK — It appears that even the “King of All Media” Howard Stern gets his news from Drug Store News. Traffic on the site spiked earlier this month when a DrugStoreNews.com story made it into Stern sidekick Robin Quivers’ daily news rundown and was linked to the Stern Web page under the “It’s Time for Robin’s News” section in the rundown for the satellite radio program’s Thursday, Dec. 16 show (“Use lanolin on your cracked nipples” at HowardStern.com/rundown.hs).

The article, “Study: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin may reduce nipple pain among breast-feeding mothers,” focused on a recent study that found that women who breast-feed experienced a significant reduction in nipple pain and higher healing rates of nipple trauma when they used a topical application of Lansinoh’s HPA Lanolin.

Thousands of Stern fans, in addition to regular DSN Group online users, logged on to DrugStoreNews.com in the week that followed to learn more about Lansinoh’s study. As of Wednesday Dec. 29, the story remained the No. 1 most-viewed story on DrugStoreNews.com.

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