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FDA warns parents to read drug facts label for liquid APAP

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday urged consumers to carefully read the labels of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants to avoid giving the wrong dose to their infants. Giving more than the recommended dose of acetaminophen can cause serious side effects and possibly death, the agency warned.

The agency especially is concerned about parents and caregivers administering the proper dose because a less concentrated form of the medication marketed for infants is arriving on store shelves. Until now, liquid acetaminophen marketed for "infants" has only been available in a stronger concentration.

But right now both concentrations are in circulation. Before giving the medication, parents and caregivers need to know whether they have the less-concentrated version or the older, more-concentrated medication so that they can give the proper — and safe — amount of medicine.


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McNeil recalls Motrin tablets for reduction in efficacy nearing expiration dates

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Wednesday issued a voluntarily recall of certain lots of Motrin IB coated tablets from retailers. "This is not a consumer-level recall, which means that consumers do not need to dispose of or return the product," McNeil stated. 

McNeil is recalling these products because testing of product samples showed that some caplets may not dissolve as quickly as intended when nearing their expiration date.

There is no safety concern if consumers continue taking the product in accordance with its label; however, it is possible there may be a delay in experiencing relief. "This action is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse events," McNeil added.

The products were distributed in the United States, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Fiji, Belize, St. Lucia and Jamaica.


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Survey: Registered dietitians will recommend vitamins, fiber to consumers in 2012

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — A survey of registered dietitians released by Pollock Communications Wednesday identified a "diet trifecta" of vitamins, minerals and fibers as the No. 2 nutrition trend that will play out in 2012.

As many as 96% of RDs surveyed emphasized more antioxidants and phytonutrients in the diet as part of their recommendations to consumers. And many (59%) said consumers need more vitamins and minerals. While most agreed that consumers are already consuming enough protein, carbohydrates and fats, RDs said Americans are lacking sufficient amounts of fiber from whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

"As RDs, we are at the forefront of nutrition issues, consumers’ perceptions, and diet and lifestyle behaviors," stated RD Julie Upton. "It’s our goal to help provide our expertise to debunk the common myths and misperceptions and provide our insights with consumers and food and beverage manufacturers."

The Pollock survey fielded responses from more than 200 registered dietitians. The other trends were:

  • Unprocessed, natural foods will be the biggest consumer nutrition trend in 2012. Most RDs (72%) predicted that consumers will continue to demand more local, organic, sustainable, fresh, minimally processed foods. With consumers returning to the table and cooking at home, they will become more aware of where their food is coming from and what it contains. RDs also agreed that simplifying the ingredient list (46%), sodium reduction (39%) and eliminating high-fructose corn syrup (37%) will play key roles in dietary modifications in the coming year. In addition, consumers will look to spice things up with exotic and ethnically diverse flavors and cuisines;

  • Almost all RDs (94%) agreed that in the coming year there will be a bigger push for Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables. Eating seasonal and local plant-based foods that are organically grown will be a big trend in the coming year, as well;

  • The majority of RDs (78%) named trans fats as the most harmful nutrient in the diet, followed by added sugars (68%), saturated fat (58%) and sodium (52%); and

  • Many (69%) RDs are using MyPlate to counsel patients, and it will continue to play a role in diet recommendations through 2012. MyPlate recommends that half of the plate consist of vegetables and fruit, with the other half made up mostly of whole grains and a small portion of lean protein.


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LZXPress says:
Dec-26-2011 02:55 pm

I think it's great to see how many are using MyPlate (69%) and how many are promoting ideals featured in MyPlate (94% pushing more fruits and veg). These are fairly simple changes that can make such a difference. We have a wide range of materials that can serve are reminders to busy patients to keep the MyPlate lessons in mind when feeding themselves and families: http://www.learningzonexpress.com/c-482-myplate.aspx

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