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Forward Foods introduces Detour bar to alleviate stress

BY Michael Johnsen

MINDEN, Nev. Forward Foods on Wednesday extended its Detour bar with the addition of the Detour Yoga Bars.

The new Yoga Bar, in blueberry and peach mango flavors, includes lemon balm to help alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm while supporting strong, flexible muscle development with 11 grams of protein. 

“We listened extensively to participants of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi,” stated Patrick Muldoon, chief executive officer of Forward Foods. “Many felt their specific needs for stress alleviation and relaxation were underserved in today’s protein bar category.”

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Congressmen request BTC information from GAO

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, D-Mich., have requested an update of the General Accounting Office’s 1995 evaluation on the potential benefits and pitfalls associated with a third-class of drugs in a letter to GAO Comptroller General David Walker, FDANews reported Tuesday.

The FDA held a meeting in October to help identify the issues and hurdles that would need to be addressed if a behind-the-counter class of drugs were to be considered. The FDA has established no timetable for a next step, such as a call for public comments and/or an advisory committee hearing, following that meeting.

The 1995 GAO report on BTC drugs concluded there were no major benefits associated with a third class.

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Virulite seeks suitor, FDA approval for new cold sore remedy

BY Michael Johnsen

COSTA MESA, Calif. Virulite, a medical device manufacturer developing a new treatment for cold sores, is looking for a U.S. suitor, having retained Compass Point Capital and Murphy Business and Financial Corporation as its mergers and acquisitions advisors, the U.K. company announced Friday.

Virulite is presently in the process of obtaining Food and Drug Administration clearance for a portable, hand held device that uses an invisible, non-thermal band of near-infrared light that, according to the company, reduces the healing time of cold cores by up to one half.

The company completed a U.S. market test of the product through Walgreens’ online distribution channel, where Virulite outsold all competing cold sore remedies, including the current market leader, the topical cream Abreva by GlaxoSmithKline, Virulite reported.

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