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NPA celebrates 75th anniversary

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association last week celebrated 75 years of advocacy for the natural products industry.

"The Natural Products Association, as the leading voice of the natural products industry, represents more than 1,900 members who share a vision of a healthier America,” stated John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO. “Our 75th anniversary focuses on the valuable contribution that our industry makes to the health and well-being of millions of people. With [more than] $108 billion of natural products sold in the United States each year, this growing industry not only helps Americans lead more healthful lives; it also supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs."

"As a long-time supplement retailer, I am proud to celebrate the important role that natural products play in achieving a sustainable and healthy future for all Americans," said Pat Sardell, NPA president. "The benefits of these products to our country are far-reaching, both in healthcare savings and in strengthening our nation’s economy. NPA members — both retailers and suppliers — create jobs, generate revenue and contribute significant tax dollars to local communities."

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Smith & Nephew recalls antiseptic wipes

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Smith & Nephew’s advanced wound management division on Saturday announced a U.S. voluntary nationwide recall of selected lots of IV PREP antiseptic wipes (product No. 59421200), manufactured for Smith & Nephew by the Triad Group, due to concerns about potential microbial contamination with Bacillus cereus.

Use of contaminated alcohol prep pads, wipes and swabs could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in such at-risk populations as immune-suppressed and surgical patients.

The specific lot numbers involved in the recall are: 9K141, 9K142 and 9K143; 0F131; 0F140; 0G249; 0G255, 0G256; 0G259; 0K139, 0K140 and 0K141; 0K193; 0M180; 0M216; and 1A212 and 1A213.

The recall is related to the Triad Group’s January recall of all alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks where Triad Group was listed as the manufacturer or where the products were manufactured as private-label products for Cardinal Health, CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens, among others.

As a precautionary measure, and out of concern for patient safety, Smith & Nephew contracted an independent laboratory to test all lots of IV PREP antiseptic wipes manufactured for Smith & Nephew by the Triad Group. The results showed there is no data to suggest that Smith & Nephew’s IV PREP antiseptic wipes have been compromised. To date, there have been no reported adverse events related to this voluntary recall.

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Splintek wants consumers to breathe right with SleepRight

BY Michael Johnsen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Splintek Health Products recently launched its SleepRight Nasal Breathe Aid — a snore-relieving product entry into the nasal strip category that retails for a suggested $11.99.

According to the company, the product reduces snoring, relieves nasal congestion and is adhesive-free and reusable. Flexible flares expand the nasal passages to significantly increase airflow, while forming to the shape of the user’s nose for a custom, comfortable fit. Each SleepRight Breathe Aid lasts up to 15 days. 

The SleepRight brand heritage is within the dental guard segment with a no-boil product that helps prevent overnight teeth grinding.

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