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Out of Africa continues support of West African women, children with sponsorship

BY Antoinette Alexander

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Out of Africa, which is a line of natural and vegan skin care products using 100% pure, unrefined shea butter, is sponsoring in November the Shine On Sierra Leone’s Cash & Rocket VolunTourism Trip Sierra Leone, which will launch the building of the first and only secondary school in the Bongema Village.

This journey also will include visits to Shine On Sierra Leone’s program sites, including participation in building The Muddy Lotus secondary school. "This event brings women from around the world together for a common cause, and it is a privilege to support this initiative and help the people of Sierra Leone rebuild,” Out of Africa CEO Victor Lulla said.

Out of Africa also sponsors two charitable projects by donating a portion of their sales to The Benin Education Fund and Shine On Sierra Leone.

The Out of Africa product portfolio includes bar soaps, hand and body washes, body butters, lip balms, lotions, creams, body oils and shea butter tins. The line harvests and crushes the shea nuts available while supporting several women’s cooperatives in Benin, West Africa. Their shea butter, known as the "Women’s Gold" of Africa, is made by hand in order to maintain maximum healing and moisturizing properties.
 

 

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Gillette, Kate Upton team up for ‘Movember’

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOSTON — Procter & Gamble’s Gillette has kicked off its official partnership with Movember by inviting men and women to join Team Gillette. As part of Team Gillette, they can join a star-studded lineup of Movember supporters, including Kate Upton as team captain, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston.

To up the ante and provide encouragement for anyone growing a Mo this year, Gillette will donate $100 to the Mo Space pages of the first 250 men and women who sign up on Team Gillette.

Movember is the global men’s health charity encouraging men to grow and women to support the Mo (moustache) for the 30 days of November. Through the power of the moustache, funds and awareness are raised for men’s health to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Mo Bros — men growing out their moustaches — and Mo Sistas — the women who support them — can join Team Gillette by signing up at MoTeam.co/Team-Gillette. Mo Bros start Movember 1 clean-shaven. After shaving down, they let their moustaches grow for the 30 days of November, getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to their Mo-growing efforts.

Men and women who join Team Gillette will have the chance to win prizes, including tickets and on-the-field experiences at NFL games, pieces of Movember art from artists curated by Complex, signed gear from some of their Movember teammates and more. Rallied by their celebrity teammates, members of Team Gillette will be joining Movember’s fight against prostate and testicular cancer.

After registering at Movember.com, the first official rule of Movember is to kick off the month with a smooth-shaven face. So, on Oct. 29, Team Gillette’s star roster of Boston-based athletes will participate in a ceremonial shave down event of their own at Gillette Stadium. Amendola, Aliston and fellow members from their teams will have their faces shaved completely in preparation for Movember. On Nov. 1, Team Gillette participants across the country can participate in Movember’s official “Shave the Date: Movember 1” events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Boston.

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NABP white paper stresses drug supply chain security

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Keeping counterfeit and diverted drugs out of the U.S. drug supply chain will require closing vulnerable regulatory gaps that risk letting them in, according to a new report by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

In the white paper, "Wholesale Drug Distribution: Protecting the Integrity of the Nation’s Prescription Drug Supply," the NABP pointed to the role of unscrupulous wholesalers that it says distribute counterfeit drugs and unapproved drugs from foreign countries. To help safeguard the distribution chain, the group has implemented updated criteria for its Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributors accreditation program, including letting virtual wholesale distributors qualify for it. The group also said it supported state-level efforts to strengthen and work toward uniformity in prescription drug distribution laws to eliminate the regulatory gaps that leave the supply chain vulnerable.

As an example of regulatory loopholes used by rogue distributors, some will hide suspect transactions by exploiting the complexity of the virtual distribution model where drugs may change hands several times, but not be in the physical possession of the distributor. In other cases, a pharmacy may supply shortage drugs to a wholesaler under the guise of an intra-company transfer, after which the distributor hoards and later sells them to pharmacies or other healthcare entities at significantly higher prices.

The NABP cited cases last year of large-scale drug diversion involving corrupt wholesalers and Medicaid fraud, as well as the U.S. distribution of foreign-sourced, unapproved cancer drugs by two licensed wholesalers.

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