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Globe All Wellness recalls lots of Slim Xtreme product

BY Michael Johnsen

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Globe All Wellness on Tuesday recalled all lots of its Slim Xtreme herbal slimming capsule upon learning that the Food and Drug Administration determined the product contains the undeclared drug ingredient sibutramine.

Sibutramine was the active ingredient in the prescription weight-loss drug Meridia, which had been pulled off the U.S. market due to increased risk of cardiovascular events or stroke.

The manufacturer suggested that the products the FDA tested were sold by an unauthorized dealer but was recalling all lots “as a precautionary measure.” The products were sold either through the Internet or on-site at the company’s Hollywood, Fla., headquarters, Globe All Wellness stated.

This recall does not affect the sales and distribution of Globe All Wellness’ other products, such as Slim Xtreme Gold or GelSlim, the company added.

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Congressman honored by HDMA

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association on Wednesday honored Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, with its Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award.

The award recognizes public officials for their leadership and commitment to public policies that support and promote the safe and efficient delivery of life-saving medicines to patients nationwide.

“Congressman Green understands and advocates for policies that promote a safe and efficient supply chain, recognizing the importance of HDMA distributors in providing important medications to patients across the country,” HDMA president and CEO John Gray said. “His continued effort to ensure the proper treatment of prompt pay discounts in pharmaceutical reimbursement calculations used in Medicare will, if enacted, lead to more accessible, more affordable health care for Americans nationwide.”

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New Azo product provides PMS relief

BY Michael Johnsen

CROMWELL, Conn. — Amerifit Brands on Wednesday launched its Azo PMS product, which has been formulated to help reduce moodiness, irritability and bloating with a variety of ingredients, including high-potency B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, folic acid and two natural herbal blends, the company stated.

The two herbal blends include an antibloating herbal diuretic with buchu leaf, cornsilk stylus, couch grass hydrangea root, juniper berry and uva ursi leaf. The combination addresses such physical symptoms as bloating and water retention. The second herbal blend of Chinese date fruit, white peony root extract, chasteberry fruit extract, ginger root extract, cramp bark and magnolia bark extract works to address such emotional symptoms as moodiness and irritability.

Premenstrual syndrome refers to a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that typically occur five to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle, and at least 85% of menstruating women have at least one PMS symptom as part of their monthly cycle. While other products address the physical symptoms of PMS, Azo PMS has the added benefit of also reducing the emotional changes caused by hormonal fluctuations associated with PMS, Amerifit noted.

Azo PMS can be taken as needed (episodically) and does not have to be taken daily to be effective. Additionally, the formula is fast-acting, affording women quick relief. The suggested retail price of Azo PMS is $7.49 for 24 blister-sealed caplets.

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