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FDA recognizes Cognis’ Tonalin CLA diet aid as safe

BY Michael Johnsen

LAGRANGE, Ill. Cognis Nutrition and Health earlier this week announced that the Food and Drug Administration issued a ‘no questions letter’ with regard to Cognis’ Tonalin CLA, a diet aid supplement, which grants the nutrient generally-recognized-as-safe status.

The new FDA GRAS status expands the use of Tonalin CLA into the following approved food applications: milk and flavored milk products; yogurt products; ;fruit juice products; soy milk beverages; and meal replacement beverages and bars.

Cognis cites scientific evidence in making the claim that CLA helps consumers reduce body fat up to 9 percent, prevent fat regain and improve the ratio of lean body mass to body fat. Tonalin works by decreasing the amount of fat stored after eating, increasing the rate of fat breakdown and metabolism, helping the body use its existing fat for energy, and decreasing the total number of fat cells. Tonalin’s effectiveness has been confirmed by 17 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed journals, the company stated.

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Obesity leads children to take adult medications

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Data from two pharmacy plans and a market-research company indicate that more and more children are taking prescription medication for illnesses related to obesity, according to The New York Times.

Data that the Times obtained from the market-research company Verispan and pharmacy plans Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts show that hundreds of thousands of children are being prescribed drugs for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, acid reflux and high cholesterol.

The Times also reported the American Academy of Pediatrics as recommending drugs to lower cholesterol for children as young as 8.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity as a body mass index of 30 or greater and estimates that it affects 33.3 percent of adult men and 35.3 percent of adult women in the United States.

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Drugstore.com partners with E4X to provide international sales

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLEVUE, Wash. With no more than a click, suppliers will soon be able to extend their brands overseas with a second online retailer. Drugstore.com on Monday announced it has entered into a contract to utilize E4X’s FiftyOne Global Ecommerce Solution to power the expansion of sales internationally.

Drugstore.com expects to be able to provide a wide selection of over-the-counter products to customers in 34 countries before year end.

“Drugstore.com is one of the top 50 online retailers in the United States, the time is right to accelerate our growth by adding international markets,” stated Dawn Lepore, chief executive officer and chairman of drugstore.com.

Drugstore.com’s online competitor, Amazon.com, is already active in nine countries, each with an individual url. However, the kind of front-end products you’d see in a drug store are only available in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to Amazon.com’s web site.

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