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NBTY recalls private-label immune system supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. NBTY on Tuesday announced the recall of its Air Shield, Air Protector, Immune System Support and AirHealth Effervescent 10-tablet containers, and its Stick Packs 8-stick containers — all private-label versions of Airborne — because they may contain undeclared soy, according to a posting of the release on the Food and Drug Administration website.

The recall impacts a host of pharmacy retailers, including CVS, Safeway, Supervalu, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. The products all fall under NBTY’s Leiner Health Solutions umbrella.

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Probiotic strain may aid colicky infants, study finds

BY Michael Johnsen

STOCKHOLM A new study now available online in the journal Pediatrics supported earlier clinical research about the benefits of a specific probiotic strain on colic symptoms in infants, BioGaia recently announced.

In the new study, infants supplemented with Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis showed a significant reduction in crying time. After one week of supplementation, the reduction in crying time was 74% in the L. reuteri Protectis group, compared with 38% in the placebo group.

The primary outcome was a reduction in average crying time to less than three hours per day, which is the limit of colic, within three weeks.

“These results are in line with previous studies on colics and confirm the benefit of L. reuteri in colicky infants,” stated Francesco Savino, department of pediatrics at Regina Margherita Children’s Hospital, University of Turin, Italy.

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G Cubed’s Toe Juice receives ECRM’s Best New Product award

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO G Cubed’s Toe Juice was voted Best New Product on Tuesday by retail buyers attending the ECRM Health Care EPPS show.

The Best New Product award is sponsored by Drug Store News.

Toe Juice, formulated with DemaVine, a blend of plant extracts, is a fast-drying liquid that helps soothe itching and burning feet and refresh and soften dry cracked skin.

Initially sold online through its website Toejuice.com, the product has been picked up for distribution in several Albertsons stores and Walgreens locations in eight states. Toe Juice also is available through Drugstore.com. Toe Juice retails for a suggested price of $9.99 for a 4.6-oz. bottle.

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