Kansas adopts NPLEx program, CHPA says
WASHINGTON Kansas announced last week that it will be the fifth state to implement the National Precursor Log Exchange, a statewide electronic tracking system that prevents the illegal purchase of medications containing pseudoephedrine.
“We are delighted that Kansas has joined a growing number of states, including Missouri, that are adopting NPLEx as their e-tracking program,” stated Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. “E-tracking stops criminals without putting additional burdens on consumers. The NPLEx system offers an effective solution for stopping illegal PSE sales and helping law enforcement identify meth cooks.”
The system not only will enforce purchase quantity limits in Kansas, but NPLEx systems can be linked together to prevent criminals from evading quantity limits by crossing state lines. Sheriffs in Kentucky reported that e-tracking led to as many as 70% of meth lab busts; and in a Florida pilot project, e-tracking reduced illegal sales by more than 90%.
The system is funded by manufacturers of over-the-counter medicines containing PSE, administered by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and operated by Appriss. Earlier this month, neighboring Missouri lawmakers announced the selection of NPLEx, joining other states, including Illinois, Kentucky and Louisiana.
Study: Selenium may cut men’s risk of diabetes
NEW YORK A recent study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal, Nutrition and Metabolism, has shown that men with a higher concentration of selenium in their bodies are less likely to develop diabetes.
Tasnime Akbaraly, from the University of Montpellier, worked with a team of researchers to follow 1,162 healthy French men and women for nine years, monitoring plasma selenium concentrations and incidence of dysglycemia. Akbaraly said during the study period, 127 new cases of dysglycemia occurred, of which 70 were in men and 57 in women. She pointed out, however, that elderly men with high plasma selenium concentrations were “significantly associated with a lower risk of developing dysglycemia over the following nine years.”
“The reason we observed a protective effect of selenium in men but not in women is not completely clear, but might be attributed to women being healthier at baseline, having better antioxidant status in general and possible differences in how men and women process selenium,” Akbaraly said.
Selenium, a trace mineral that is an essential element in several metabolic pathways and is found in such foods as walnuts and various types of fish.
Alison Sweeney becomes spokeswoman for Zyrtec product
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. “The Biggest Loser” and “Days of Our Lives” star Alison Sweeney will join McNeil Consumer Healthcare as the face of the new Zyrtec Liquid Gels, the company announced Friday.
Sweeney participated in a race in New York to officially welcome the first day of spring. The “Race Against Your Allergies” took place in New York City’s Madison Square Park.
“I’ve partnered with the makers of Zyrtec Liquid Gels as a fun way to kick off the season and show fellow allergy sufferers and lovers of the outdoors how we can outrun our allergy symptoms this year,” Sweeney said.
“We’re excited to be providing allergy sufferers with the opportunity to participate in a fun activity to welcome the first day of spring, while learning how to manage and relieve the everyday allergy symptoms the season can bring,” said Rohinish Hooda, VP marketing, upper respiratory for McNeil Consumer Healthcare.