FDA creates map for finding legal online pharmacies
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has launched an interactive map that allows users to find licensed online pharmacies by searching through states’ board of pharmacy databases.
The site, BeSafeRx, is designed to help users distinguish between legitimate pharmacies and fake ones, noting that fake pharmacies will often use various means to appear legitimate. "If you cannot confirm that an online pharmacy is licensed in the United States, you should not use that online pharmacy," the site states.
The launch of the site comes amid a growing problem of patients seeking bargains by buying drugs from fake online pharmacies.
According to a report released in October 2012 by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, 97% of the more than 10,000 online drug sellers it surveyed were doing business illegally, saying that it found 9,543 websites that appeared to obtain drugs from what it called "questionable sources."
Another report last year, from Portland, Ore.-based online pharmacy verification company LegitScript, found that rogue pharmacy operations tend to be highly organized. The company found that as many as one-third of rogue pharmacies at the time were hosted under the Panama-based Internet domain registrar Internet.bs. According to the report, Internet.bs was one of about 450 accredited domain name registrars and accounted for only 0.2% of total registered domains online, but up to 44% of rogue online pharmacy domains; 20 registrars accounted for 81% of the rogue sites.
Earlier this month, the NABP announced that it was seeking to curb the growth of rogue online pharmacies by creating a new top-level domain, .pharmacy, that only legitimate online pharmacies could use, partnering with international regulators, pharmacy organizations and law enforcement organizations. Top-level domains are the suffixes at the end of Web addresses that determine what type of organization operates the site, such as .com, .org, .edu and .gov.
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RadioShack closes Target mobile kiosks
FORT WORTH, Texas — RadioShack Corp. has ended its mobile phone partnership with Target Corp. amid slumping sales, the electronics store chain said Tuesday.
RadioShack said it had stopped operating its Target Mobile centers before the end of last month. The company had operated mobile phone kiosks inside Target stores. The company posted first quarter 2013 quarter sales of $849 million and a loss of $43 million, compared with $913 million last year and a loss of $8 million.
RadioShack’s CEO since February has been Joe Magnacca, who was previously EVP daily living products and solutions at Walgreens, having joined Walgreens in 2010 when it bought Duane Reade, where he had served as president.
Barbara’s introduces two new cereals for kids
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Barbara’s, a natural foods company, today announced the expansion of its Snackimals product line to the cereal aisle with two flavors of cereal for kids.
Snackimals Cereals are hitting retail shelves now in two varieties: Vanilla Blast and Cinnamon Crunch.
"Snackimals Cereals are the first cereals for children in the natural aisle to come in fun animal shapes. They’re organic, Non-GMO verified, loaded with whole grains — and they’ve been taste-tested with kids, so we know that the flavors are kid-approved," said Federico Meade, Barbara’s vice president of marketing. "Snackimals Cereals join a robust line of Barbara’s cereals and snacks that are delicious and wholesome. With only 7 grams of sugar per serving of Snackimals Cereal and 8 grams of whole grains, parents can feel good about what’s in their kids’ cereal bowls."
In keeping with Barbara’s commitment to provide great-tasting, wholesome products, Snackimals Cereals were consumer tested with kids and parents for flavor appeal to offer a balance between taste and nutrition. Snackimals Cereals are a natural food and are:
Low in sugar – contain only 7 grams of sugar per serving;
A source of whole grains – contain 8 grams of whole grains per serving;
Prebiotic for digestive health;
Good source of fiber and calcium;
Naturally cholesterol free;
Snackimals Cereals were inspired by Barbara’s Snackimals Cookies, which are made with organic grain and high quality ingredients. Both Snackimals Cookies and Snackimals Cereals are made with simple, wholesome ingredients and do not contain hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup or refined white sugar.
Additionally, Barbara’s Snackimals Cereals are packaged using GreenChoice 100% recycled cartons that are made with 100% clean energy, are 100% carbon neutral, and use environmentally friendly inks.
Snackimals Cereals in Vanilla Blast and Cinnamon Crunch varieties (9-ounce box) are now available at major retail grocery stores and natural food stores nationwide.
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