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New York passes legislation restricting sale of DXM to adults 18 years and older

BY Michael Johnsen

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed legislation to prohibit pharmacies and stores from selling dextromethorphan to any person younger than 18 years unless they have a prescription.

“This legislation will combat the growing trend of DXM abuse by preventing young people from easily purchasing products that contain DXM,” Cuomo stated. “The overuse of this drug can lead to terrible consequences, so by limiting access to this substance, this new law will prevent tragedies and protect the health of our children.”

“CHPA applauds the New York legislature and Gov. Cuomo for taking a proactive step toward preventing OTC cough medicine abuse,” said Scott Melville, president and CEO of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. “Teen cough medicine abuse must be addressed in many ways, and restricting access is one part of a multipronged approach that includes talking to teens about the risks and safeguarding medicines in the home," he said. "CHPA launched the Stop Medicine Abuse campaign to give parents and communities the information and resources they need to fight this problem, and we are hopeful that the passage of this law will increase awareness of this abuse and will ignite support for passage of a federal age-18 sales restriction of DXM.”

New York is now the second state to pass an age-18 sales restriction; California previously enacted this law in January 2012.

Under the new law (S.696-B / A.933-B), all retail establishments selling DXM will be required to request proof of age unless the customer appears to be older than 25 years of age. Any retailer violating the new prohibition will be subject to a fine of $250 for each violation. 

A number of counties in the state including Nassau and Suffolk have already enacted a restriction on the retail sale of DXM to individuals younger than 18 years.

CHPA also supports the federal bill Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments (PACT) Act (S. 644) introduced in March by Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark.

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ScriptPro integrates products with meth-precursor-tracking system

BY Alaric DeArment

MISSION, Kan. — ScriptPro’s Central Pharmacy Management System Point of Sale can now interface with a real-time system for tracking and controlling OTC products that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

ScriptPro said its system now interfaces with the Appriss National Precursor Log Exchange system, currently used by pharmacies and law enforcement agencies in 22 states to track products like pseudoephedrine-based cold and allergy remedies. ScriptPro said the interface eliminates the need to keep a manual log to document sales of the products.

NPLEx works by tracking product requirements, alerting for entry of required patient identification data, sending back approval or denial and blocking any transaction that would cause the customer to exceed legal limits. The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators makes NPLEx available for free to states that require monitoring of precursor purchases and agree to use the system.

"ScriptPro is pleased to partner with Appriss to offer this time-saving, and in some cases life-saving tool to pharmacies operating in states that have adopted NPLEx," ScriptPro president and CEO Mike Coughlin said. "It reduces manual record keeping and saves operating costs for these pharmacies while at the same time providing better protection for the public."

 

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Clif Bar introduces pecan pie seasonal flavor

BY Jason Owen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar introduced its newest seasonal flavor, pecan pie. Pecan pie brings together nuts and spices to create a traditional, nostalgic flavor reminiscent of the holidays. Made with organic ingredients specifically chosen by athletes and foodies in the Clif Kitchen, the recipe delivers nutrition for sustained energy, the company stated.

Now in its eleventh year, the limited-edition Clif Bar seasonal lineup includes: pecan pie, iced gingerbread and spiced pumpkin pie. All three seasonal flavors are available nationwide while supplies last (SRP $1.39).

"The winter season gives us an opportunity to put a holiday twist on our traditional flavors,” said Clif Bar brand director, Dan Hickle. “Like the first snowfall of the year, the arrival of the seasonal Clif Bar flavors is something that fans tell us they look forward to all year.”

Clif Bar will donate 1% of seasonal net sales to Protect Our Winters, a nonprofit organization fighting against climate change. Clif Bar and Protect Our Winters are dedicated to educating, engaging and mobilizing the winter sports community to Protect the Places We Play.

“We are thrilled to work with Clif Bar again this winter season,” said professional snowboarder and Protect Our Winters founder, Jeremy Jones. “Clif Bar and Protect Our Winters share a passion and desire to fight climate change through education, activism and support of community-based initiatives.”

Like all Clif Bar flavors, pecan pie, iced gingerbread and spiced pumpkin pie are made with 70% organic ingredients and are a good source of protein and fiber. All Clif Bar & Co. foods have zero grams of trans fat, and do not contain partially-hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and synthetic preservatives. In addition, Clif Bar & Co. only sources ingredients that are not genetically engineered.


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