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FDA sets standards for liquid OTC dosage devices

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday released the Dosage Delivery Devices for Orally Ingested OTC Liquid Drug Products guidance, which outlines how easy-to-use dosage delivery devices and devices that minimize the risk of unintentional overdose can be provided for such over-the-counter medicines as liquid pain relievers, cold medicine, cough syrups and digestion aids.

"Accidental medication overdose in young children is an increasingly common, but preventable public health problem," stated Karen Weiss, program director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Safe Use Initiative.

Key recommendations in the guidance include:

  • Dosage delivery devices should be included for all orally ingested OTC liquid drug products;

  • Devices should be marked with calibrated units of liquid measurement (e.g., teaspoon, tablespoon or milliliter) that are the same as the units of liquid measure specified in the directions for the product and there should not be any unnecessary markings;

  • Manufacturers should ensure that dosage delivery devices only are used with the accompanying products; and

  • Liquid measure markings on dosage delivery devices clearly should be visible and not obscured when the liquid product is added to the device.

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Walgreens gets exclusive weight-loss product

BY Gail Hoffer

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Walgreens announced that it has partnered with NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products to launch an exclusive line of “The Biggest Loser”-branded meal alternative bars and shakes.

According to a company press release, the line of products, named for the popular NBC weight-loss reality show, will be offered in all of the more than 7,600 Walgreens stores nationwide beginning in May.

The shakes and meal bars were developed with the guidance and oversight of “The Biggest Loser’s” nutrition expert, Dr. Michael Dansinger, and contain 10 g of protein per item.

In addition, the shakes, which come in milk chocolate and creamy vanilla, contain several vitamins and minerals, while also being low in sodium and preservative-free. The meal bars are available in four flavors, including banana nut bread, chocolatey coconut, cinnamon apple turnover and peanut butter chocolate chip, and contain a half serving of fruit, as well as no preservatives.

“We offer a broad selection of food and snacks for our health-conscious customers, and these products provide a convenient ‘good-for-you’ option at a competitive price,” said Bryan Pugh, Walgreens VP merchandising. “The addition of this line also complements the many health-and-wellness programs and initiatives we’re bringing to our stores to help consumers stay well.”

"The Biggest Loser" products first were unveiled on April 6 in New York City at a launch event for the Walk with Walgreens program. The event was hosted in part by "The Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney, who is a national spokeswoman for Walk with Walgreens.

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New Visine drops target summertime eye irritation, redness

BY Allison Cerra

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — Visine is looking to help consumers that experience eye irritation and redness during the summer months.

Designed for use by those ages 6 years and older, new Visine Summer Spectrum Relief is designed to treat symptoms and protect eyes from further irritation by helping to supplement the natural tear film.

Visine Summer Spectrum Relief exclusively is available at CVS/pharmacy in the sun care aisle for $3.99 for a 0.5-fl.-oz. bottle.

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