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Missouri attorney general introduces ‘anti-smurfing’ education campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri attorney general Chris Koster joined Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and leaders from the Missouri Pharmacy Association and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday to launch the state’s new voluntary retail Anti-Smurfing Campaign.

"Missouri law enforcement officials will tell you that smurfing is one of the biggest challenges they face in the battle against methamphetamine production and abuse," Koster stated. "With the Anti-Smurfing Campaign, Missouri leaders are coming together with the manufactures of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines to send an unmistakable message: if you’re buying this product for a meth cook, you are committing a serious criminal offense and could end up behind bars," he said. "The Anti-Smurfing Campaign is not a silver bullet, but I am confident it will make those who consider buying products to help a meth cook think twice before making an unlawful purchase."

“There is no question that smurfing is a major challenge for the law enforcement community," stated Scott Melville, president and CEO for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. "In addition to electronic blocking technology and other legislative tools, Missouri leaders recognize the importance of taking concrete steps to educate the public about this serious criminal activity.”

The initiative, which was developed by CHPA, aims to educate potential “smurfers” — those who buy pseudoephedrine and sell the product to another to manufacture methamphetamine — on the consequences of making an illegal purchase. The Missouri Pharmacy Association and the Missouri Retailers Association are co-sponsoring the campaign along with CHPA.

According to law enforcement officials, some hardened criminals—attempting to circumvent the law—approach third parties to purchase pseudoephedrine for them. While some meth cooks may understand they can go to jail for their illegal behavior, individuals who purchase these medicines for others for payment may be unaware that their behavior can lead to prison time. 

The Anti-Smurfing Campaign is a public-private partnership that provides Missouri pharmacies signage to display at the retail counter. CHPA tested a range of anti-smurfing messages, and the research affirmed that these materials successfully educate potential smurfers about the consequence of illegal purchases without deterring honest consumers.

 

 

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CRN to host annual meeting in Utah

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced it is taking its annual executive conference to Utah for the first time in its 40-year history. 

Both The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science and The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry, will be held in tandem Sept. 18-21 at the Montage Deer Valley resort in Park City, Utah. Tyler Whitehead, general counsel at Utah-based Nu Skin Enterprises, and a long-serving director on CRN’s Board, will serve as 2013 conference chair.

“Utah is synonymous with the dietary supplement industry, and I’m honored to serve as the 2013 CRN Annual Conference Chair in my home state,” Whitehead said. “Both CRN events give member and potential member companies the opportunity to build business relationships, delve into issues facing the industry, and get a taste of what makes CRN the dietary supplement industry’s leading trade association.”


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Dr Cocoa, the new pediatric cold remedy and dry cough named ‘Best Product’ at recent ECRM conference

BY Michael Johnsen

DESTIN, Fla. — Pernix Therapeutics was recently honored with a "Best Product" designation by retail buyers attending ECRM's Cough/Cold, Analgesics & Allergy EPPS here for its line of Dr. Cocoa pediatric dry cough-cold products. 

"We are proud of this award as it demonstrates that retailers recognize that our new line of real chocolate cough products for children is a true innovation for the category," stated May Petracco, Pernix VP OTC development. "We also believe that consumers will find that Dr. Cocoa's is a great-tasting way to relieve their children's cough and cold symptoms."

The Dr. Cocoa brand will be introduced in the 2013-2014 cough-cold season with four SKUs, including a cough formulation, both Daytime and Nighttime Cold and Cough formulations and a cold and fever formulation.  

Dr. Cocoa represents the first OTC launch for Pernix, an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands, Texas. 

Retail buyers who attend the conference are polled by ECRM regarding the best product they've seen at that show. The award is sponsored by DSN Group.

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B.McRae says:
Feb-03-2014 01:03 pm

They already have a chocolate cough syrup called CocoaCough. Dr. Cocoa looks like it contains dextromethorphan, a drug not recommended for kids. CocoaCough contains all natural ingredients like buckwheat honey and chocolate which has been proven more effective than dextromethorphan. I think it stick to a natural product.

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