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Home test for alcohol in breast milk begins nationwide sales at Walgreens

BY Drug Store News Team

AUSTIN For women that want to partake in occasional alcohol use during this extended period of time, there is a tool that tells them when it is best to breastfeed a baby.

UpSpring Baby, developers of the Milkscreen™ home test for alcohol in breast milk, announced that their product is now available for purchase over-the-counter at over 6,000 Walgreens drugstores across the U.S.

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends that women exclusively breastfeed their infants for the first six months and support breastfeeding for the first year and beyond if mutually desired by mother and child.

To perform the test, a woman simply expresses a few drops of breast milk onto the Milkscreen test strip and in less than two minutes the color will begin to change if there is alcohol in the breast milk.

Suggested retail price for Milkscreen is $5.99 for a 3-pack of test strips and $14.99 for a 12-pack of test strips.

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Matrixx considering partnership with other OTC companies to release Zicare and Xcid

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Matrixx Initiatives is exploring partnering with other over-the-counter companies on the national roll out of its Zicare oral care product and Xcid antacid.

“We continue to explore the possibility of partnering with other parties on both of those projects,,” Bill Hemelt, Matrixx acting president, CFO and COO, told analysts last week. “As we’ve said before, we don’t want to move forward on them by ourselves because of the significant risks associated with that,” he said. “Xcid was a disappointment. … We did roll it out on a limited basis this past year, but it did not meet our expectations. Not because it’s a bad product, it just simply will require greater investment to take that nationally. So we are exploring partnership possibilities for both of those projects.”

Both products are “market ready,” Hemelt said, replete with consumer research and product research.

Zicare, when used in conjunction with a daily oral routine, helps dissolve up to 30% of visible tartar that has already formed and helps inhibit future tartar formation above the gumline, according to the product web site. Zicare is a gel that is applied at the gumline and between the teeth after brushing and before bed.

Xcid is an antacid featuring a unique delivery form — a creamy pudding-like gel available in three flavors: strawberry, orange and chocolate.

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Following salmonella outbreak, Obama calls for review of FDA

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The spate of peanut butter recalls associated with salmonella contamination has prompted President Barack Obama to call for a “complete review” of the Food and Drug Administration for failing to detect the contamination before sickening more than 500 people in an interview with TODAY co-host Matt Lauer over the weekend, which aired Monday.

Over the course of the interview, Obama suggested that the comprehensive peanut butter recall was only the latest incident to highlight misgivings about the agency. “The FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch,” he said during the interview.

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