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Missouri selects NPLEx e-tracking program to block PSE sales

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Missouri has selected the National Precursor Log Exchange to serve as its statewide, real-time electronic blocking system to stop illegal sales of medications containing pseudoephedrine, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association announced Monday.

“We are delighted that Missouri has joined Kentucky, Illinois and Louisiana as the fourth state in the nation to adopt NPLEx as its e-tracking program,” stated Linda Suydam, CHPA president. “This system offers an effective solution to reducing meth labs and is the only solution that works across state lines to stop meth cooks from crossing borders to make illegal purchases.”

NPLEx is a real time, electronic tracking system that blocks illegal purchases of PSE store by store, city by city, and state by state to prevent meth cooks from illegal purchases, the Association stated. Sheriffs in Kentucky report that e-tracking leads to up to 70% of its meth lab busts. In a Florida pilot project, e-tracking reduced illegal sales by more than 90%.

The state action comes as some of its local municipalities are considering making PSE-containing medicines available only with a doctor’s prescription. A recent survey, conducted by David Binder Research, showed that more than half of Missouri voters surveyed oppose making common cold and allergy medications containing PSE available by prescription only, and 78% agree that an Rx-only requirement would create an “unnecessary burden” for law-abiding citizens.

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Duane Reade carries Dapple products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Dapple, a line of baby-safe, baby-specific household cleaning products, announced that its Dapple dish liquid and Dapple toy cleaner products now are available at Duane Reade.

“We are delighted to add Dapple baby-safe products to our exciting array of merchandise that we actively tailor to meet the needs of New Yorkers.  We know that New York Moms are increasingly interested in baby-safe and environmentally sound products, so we found Dapple to a be great fit for our offering,” said Joe Magnacca, chief merchandising officer, Duane Reade.

To find a Duane Reade store near you that carries the Dapple products, please visit www.dapplebaby.com/storelocator or www.duanereade.com.

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CRN joins American Society for Nutrition

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday joined the American Society for Nutrition, a nonprofit organization representing nutrition researchers, clinical nutritionists and the nutrition industry, as a sustaining member.

“ASN is proud to welcome CRN as a sustaining member, and greatly looks forward to a long and productive partnership,” stated John Courtney, ASN executive officer. “CRN has continued to demonstrate outstanding leadership in the dietary supplement industry, and we are eager to find new ways to collaborate in advancing nutrition research and practice.”

CRN has been an active partner of ASN since 2008 as sponsor of the Mary Swartz Rose Awards, recognizing research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health. Joining ASN as a sustaining member will deepen ties between the two organizations as they identify new ways to work together in advancing their respective missions, CRN stated.

“CRN is extremely supportive of ASN’s work,” statd Andrew Shao, SVP scientific & regulatory affairs for CRN. “With so much emphasis these days on the role of proper nutrition in healthy living, it is extremely valuable to be able to participate in a community of well-respected nutrition researchers whose objectives to shape nutrition science and policy are consistent with ours.”

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