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House passes resolution prohibiting distribution of dextromethorphan

BY Michael Johnsen

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday passed H.R. 970, the Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2007, which prohibits the distribution of raw dextromethorphan, an active ingredient commonly found in over-the-counter cough medicines, to any person other than Food and Drug Administration-registered drug manufacturers.

“CHPA commends the House Energy and Commerce Committee for its commitment to seeing this important initiative passed into law,” stated Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which supported the bill. “We are hopeful that this legislation will soon move to the House floor for consideration, where in the previous session passed this initiative by voice vote without opposition,” she said.

Passing of this legislation will not slow CHPA’s public relations efforts around raising awareness of teenage drug abuse. “While consideration of this legislation is a major step forward in protecting teens from the dangers of raw, unfinished dextromethorphan abuse, we continue to work to help prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan in its finished form of OTC cough medicine,” Suydam said. “The makers of OTC medicines are spearheading a major campaign to raise awareness about dextromethorphan abuse, and we are working with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America in these efforts. We are committed to educating and empowering parents to take responsibility and action by informing their children of the dangers of abusing safe and legal household products.”

This legislation is now pending consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. A companion bill, S. 1378, has been introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

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Natrol to provide free samples of supplements at Active Living Expo in November

BY Michael Johnsen

CHATSWORTH, Calif. Natrol on Wednesday announced it would provide free samples of its dietary supplement products for attendees and participants Nov. 2 and 3 at the U.S. Half Marathon’s Active Living Expo in San Francisco.

The sampling will include Natrol’s Acai, an antioxidant; Easy-C; Melatonin, a sleep aid system; Natrol High Effervescent, which contains B vitamins; NADH, a formula that may help enhance mood and emotional balance, promote vitality and offset occasional fatigue; Omega-3 Glucosamine, which contains glucosamine, chondroitin and omega-3.

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Clif Bar challenges people to ride bycicles to fight global warming

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS Clif Bar has issued a public “2 Mile Challenge,” imploring people to leave their cars behind and instead ride bicycles for trips of less than two miles, and is taking that challenge on tour to more than 10 college campuses during October and November in a biodiesel bus with interactive exhibits, videos, commuter bicycles and accessories.

All displays are designed to showcase the benefits and ease of selecting bikes over cars for short trips to help in the fight against global warming. Clif Bar will also donate $25,000 worth of bike gear and other cycling accessories to campuses and communities to help jump start the 2 Mile Challenge among students and the general public.

“Forty percent of urban trips in the United States are two miles or less, but people use their cars nearly 90 percent of the time for those short jaunts,” stated Gary Erickson, Clif Bar co-founder. “If we simply rode bikes for those two-mile trips, we’d get in shape, unclog our roads and spare the planet from millions of tons of car-belching carbon emissions, the leading cause of global climate change.”

In addition to bike gear for campuses, Clif Bar is donating $5,000 to WorldBike, an international network of bicycle designers and industry leaders working together to provide transportation solutions and income-generating opportunities for the world’s developing countries.

The campuses include Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, Northern Arizona University, Santa Clara University, San Diego State University, University of Idaho, University of Utah, University of Oregon, University of Reno, Nevada, University of Washington, Utah State University and Washington State University.

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