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Nutramax celebrates 20 years

BY Michael Johnsen

EDGEWOOD, Md. — Nutramax Labs, known for its glucosamine and chondroitin products, on Tuesday celebrated its 20th anniversary, the company announced.

Nutramax helped research, manufacture and market joint health supplement CosaminDS. The chondroitin sulfate found in CosaminDS was chosen by the National Institutes of Health for the Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial. GAIT found that for a subset of participants with moderate to severe pain, glucosamine combined with chondroitin sulfate provided statistically significant pain relief compared with placebo — about 79% had a 20% or greater reduction in pain versus about 54% for placebo, according to the NIH.

Building upon the success of Cosamin, Nutramax then developed Cosequin joint health supplements for dogs, cats and horses, the company said. More than 60 products for people and animals followed in the next 20 years.

“Quality is our way of life at Nutramax Labs,” stated Robert Henderson, chairman of Nutramax. “We carefully research and develop products that are safe and effective,” he said. “We are looking forward to many more years of growth and service to our customers and our community."


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Psi Bands generates ‘buzz’ at Travel Goods Association trade event

BY Michael Johnsen

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — Psi Bands, stylish drug-free wristbands for the relief of nausea, were voted the most buzz-worthy product of the year at the Travel Goods Association trade show held in Las Vegas, the company announced earlier this month. The "Buzz Award" is given once per year to the product that has created the most "buzz" at the Travel Goods Show’s New Products Pavilion as voted on by retailers and members of the press.

In addition to relieving motion sickness, Psi Bands provide nausea relief due to pregnancy (i.e., morning sickness), anesthesia and chemotherapy. Psi Bands are worn on both wrists at the Nei-kuan acupressure point.

Psi Bands come two to a set and sell for a suggested $14.99.

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Marsh Supermarkets launches diabetes education program

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS — Marsh Supermarkets on Tuesday recognized National Public Health Week with the introduction of a program to help people with diabetes better understand, manage and live with the disease — more than 9% of Indiana residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, the grocer noted.

“Marsh wants to be part of the solution in helping to reverse these diabetes trends in Indiana,” stated Joe Kelley, chairman, CEO and president of Marsh Supermarkets. “With our new Eat Right Live Right With Diabetes program, Marsh now offers a full suite of nutrition, wellness and pharmacy programs that address this growing public health problem — from our efforts to combat childhood obesity, to in-store and online nutrition resources, to our pharmacy program that offers free diabetes medicines.”

The Marsh Eat Right Live Right With Diabetes website offers customers:

  • Health content from leading experts. Each quarter, health and medical professionals from Mayo Clinic will provide information on topics of interest to people living with diabetes — from monitoring and testing, to medication and treatment options, to exercise and nutrition, to pregnancy and diabetes, to health complications associated with disease progression;
  • An interactive, video-based cookbook titled “Inspired" that  features diabetes-friendly recipes with nutritional values and dietary exchanges, colorful photos, chef’s tips and step-by-step video demos, which also can be viewed on shoppers’ smartphones. The cookbook will be updated quarterly with new recipes and video demos; and
  • Instructional videos. A Marsh pharmacist and registered dietitian regularly will offer guidance on ways that diabetes patients can manage their disease — from instruction on the proper use of over-the-counter medications to tips on how to read food labels.

Marsh’s registered dietitians also will host store tours and work with customers to develop shopping strategies and diabetes-friendly meal plans. For a list of scheduled store tours, go to Marsh.net/pharmacy/diabetes_care.

And with the launch of Eat Right Live Right With Diabetes, Marsh will extend its Diabetes Care pharmacy program through May 31, 2013. Forty Marsh and MainStreet Market pharmacies in Indiana will continue to offer more than half a dozen oral diabetes medicines, as well as lancets for testing blood sugar, at no cost to Marsh customers. A prescription for the medicines and lancets is required.

Since the program’s launch in November 2011, nearly 6,000 prescriptions for free diabetes medicines have been filled by Marsh pharmacists. The diabetes care program provides patients with a free diabetes monitoring kit and free training on how to use and read a diabetes meter.

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