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Hurst named state government relations manager at NPA

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Natural Products Association on Thursday announced that Elizabeth Hurst has been named to the newly created position of state government relations manager, under the association’s global government and scientific affairs department.

In her new capacity, Hurst will be monitoring state and local policy proposals that can affect the natural products industry, and will be working with NPA regions on an effective response.

“The most important role of our organizations is advocacy. Bad ideas that are enacted in one state can spread to others,” stated John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO. “[Hurst] will be addressing that threat in her new position, making both the regional NPAs and the national organization even better-positioned to represent our members.”

Prior to joining NPA, Hurst was a senior government relations specialist with the National Court Reporters Association, where she identified and tracked legislation that impacted the association’s members, managed the association’s PAC and fundraisers, and produced educational publications and other materials. She also worked for Denny Miller Associates, a lobbying firm, and served as an intern for Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.

Hurst received her B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Scolr Pharma adds Nuprin to portfolio

BY Michael Johnsen

BOTHELL, Wash. Scolr Pharma earlier this year acquired the rights to the Nuprin brand name from Advanced Healthcare Distributors, an affiliate company of CVS Caremark, in a deal worth $180,000.

“Our acquisition of this globally recognized name will provide us with additional opportunities for ibuprofen-based products,” stated Stephen Turner, Scolr Pharma president and CEO. “We expect that the acquisition will allow us to generate potential near-term sales of immediate release 200 mg ibuprofen tablets, in addition to providing us with enhanced options on our extended release ibuprofen program.”

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Kama Sutra sponsors ‘Bachelor Pad’

BY Michael Johnsen

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. The Kama Sutra Co. on Wednesday announced it would be a sponsor this year of ABC’s new show “Bachelor Pad,” which premieres Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. EST.

As part of the sponsorship, all cast members will receive Kama Sutra products. In addition, The Kama Sutra Co. was selected to be the exclusive provider of products for the “Fantasy Suite,” a room dedicated to romance and used by the couples for special nights together.

“We’re really excited to be part of the show; it’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved,” stated Joe Bolstad, founder of The Kama Sutra Co.

“Concurrently with the show, we are also going to be running some special giveaways via our Facebook and Twitter pages,” noted Shawna Taklender, Web service manager for Kama Sutra.

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