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Nutrisystem launches weight-loss kits at Walmart stores

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Nutrisystem has launched its 5-Day Nutrisystem Jumpstart Your Weight Loss Kit at nearly 2,000 Walmart stores, the company said.

The kit includes 15 entrees with desserts, a free meal planner and program guide with access to free weight-loss counseling and can be purchased for $44.98.

"While there are many weight-loss products in the market, this is really the first of its kind — a true diet jumpstart in a box," Nutrisystem CEO Dawn Zier said. "We’re seeing a lot of repeat business, which is important because people coming back week after week tells us that the program is working for them."

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Allermates launching EpiPen, Auvi-Q and asthma inhaler carrying cases

BY Jason Owen

NANUET, N.Y. — Allermates today announced it is introducing EpiPen, Auvi-Q and asthma inhaler carrying cases.

The cases come in colorful kid-friendly designs and include AllerMates characters. Each case comes with an emergency contact and medication information card. The EpiPen carrying case is insulated, and comes with an epinephrine auto-injector user guide. The cases, like all AllerMates products, are nickel-, lead-, latex-, BPA- and phthalate-free.

"AllerMates products help keep children safe, not just during Allergy Awareness Month but all year round," said AllerMates founder and CEO Iris Shamus. "Our alert products are a critically important part of children’s allergy and asthma awareness, and now our carrying cases are safe, effective and convenient tools for parents and caregivers to carry and share their child’s essential medicines."

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Cough, cold medicines often given to children younger than 4, poll finds

BY Alaric DeArment

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Many parents give young children medicines for cough and cold that they shouldn’t use, according to a new poll by the University of Michigan.

According to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, more than 40% of parents reported giving cough medicine or multisymptom cough-cold medicine to children younger than 4, while 25% gave those children decongestants. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2008 that such OTC medicines shouldn’t be used in infants and children younger than 2, and experts say they haven’t been proven safe or effective in young children.

"These products don’t reduce the time the infection will last, and misuse could lead to serious harm," Matthew Davis, director of the poll program, said. "What can be confusing, however, is that often these products are labeled prominently as ‘children’s’ medications. The details are often on the back of the box, in small print. That’s where parents are caregivers can find instructions that they should not be used in children under 4 years old."

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