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Former Qualitest Pharmaceuticals executive joins Hi-Tech Pharmacal

BY Michael Johnsen

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. Hi-Tech Pharmacal on Wednesday named Kamel Egbaria as the company’s chief scientific officer.

“We welcome [Egbaria] to our management team and believe that his experience will help Hi-Tech Pharmacal grow and achieve continued success,” stated David Seltzer, president and CEO at Hi-Tech.

Egbaria has more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical management and research. He joins Hi-Tech Pharmacal from Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, where he served most recently as chief scientific officer and VP of research and development.

Egbaria earned a Ph.D. in pharmaceutics from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

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RBC Life Sciences receives GMPs certification from NSF International

BY DSN STAFF

IRVING, Texas A provider of proprietary nutritional supplements, wound care and pain management products, announced Tuesday that it has been certified as being compliant with good manufacturing practices for the dietary supplement industry.

RBC Life Sciences said that NSF International — an accredited, not-for-profit organization that developed the American National Standard (NSF/ANSI 173) for dietary supplements — has certified that RBC Life Sciences’ facilities and manufacturing process comply with NSF/ANSI Standard 173-2008. This standard coincides with GMP regulations instituted by the Food and Drug Administration.

“RBC Life Sciences has dedicated itself from its founding to maintaining the highest safety and efficacy standards in the industry,” said the company’s president and CEO John W. Price. “Certification by NSF International assures our consumers they are receiving dietary supplements produced in a high-quality, safe environment.”

When Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, it requested the FDA to write good manufacturing practices for manufacturers to follow. The FDA recently published these GMPs, which require manufacturers to evaluate the purity, quality, strength and composition of dietary supplements to ensure safe, accurately-labeled products.

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GSK takes smoking cessation to a new level with mini lozenge

BY Michael Johnsen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. GlaxoSmithKline announced Tuesday the launch of its new Nicorette Mini Lozenge, a smaller smoking-cessation lozenge that dissolves three times faster than stop-smoking lozenges currently on the market. The lozenges will be lined-priced with existing smoking-cessation products and will be sold at U.S. retail healthcare centers as three small vials, each containing 27 lozenges.

The new mini lozenge is expected to drive incremental growth to the category, suggested Roger Scarlett-Smith, in an interview with Drug Store News, because the smaller lozenge size actually satisfies different usage scenarios. “It’s an opportunity for people to use it in a more situational way,” Scarlett-Smith said. For example, the small vials can be discreetly carried in a pocket for the person “on the go.”

And because there are three vials per package, they can be strategically placed in trouble areas for the person attempting to quit smoking, i.e., in the glove compartment box for a person inclined to smoke while driving.

“Smoking is an addiction, and when trying to quit, smokers may need help to address physical nicotine cravings as well as behavior change,” stated Drew Pinsky, the addiction expert featured on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab who has agreed to help promote the product. “Products, like the new Nicorette Mini Lozenge, can help address the physical symptoms associated with quitting.”

As part of the launch, GSK is launching a “Mini Moments” contest on its new Nicorette Facebook page at www.Facebook/Nicorette.com. The page is designed to help connect smokers interested in quitting, allowing them to provide each other with support throughout the quitting process. The contest offers them the chance to win an opportunity to meed addiction expert Dr. Drew.

 

Dr. Drew also will be promoting the Mini Moments campaign to his 1.9 million Twitter followers.

 

 

GSK plans to fold advertising of its Nicorette Mini Lozenge into its “Quitting sucks … Nicorette helps it suck less” campaign with some updated television spots. The campaign takes a slightly different tact than traditional smoking-cessation advertisements — instead of warning smokers of the health consequences associated with smoking, the “Quitting sucks” campaign speaks more to the benefits. “What we really wanted to do was advertising that was for smokers but against smoking,” Scarlett-Smith said.

 

 

In addition to the launch of the new Mini Lozenge offering, GSK will also be rebranding its line of Commit lozenges under the Nicorette banner, meaning now all of GSK’s smoking-cessation lozenge and gum products will be branded Nicorette.

 

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