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Prestige Brands introduces new allergy product

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — Prestige Brands on Wednesday announced the launch of a new one-dose-per-day allergy medicine: PediaCare 24-Hour Allergy.

"We listened to what the moms were looking for: a safe and effective allergy product for their children, ages 2 years and up, that works, has only one dose per day and tastes good," stated Sherry Polevoy, PediaCare senior brand manager. "Parents don’t have to worry about redosing during the day, it’s dye-free and it’s a flavor that kids love: grape."

In addition to the extensive product line offerings, PediaCare also has developed a new comprehensive website at Pediacare.com, which features a symptom-checker/product-selector that helps guide parents to select the PediaCare product that best addresses the symptoms their child is experiencing. The new PediaCare website also has the PediaCare Shopper’s Guide iPhone application, which can be downloaded for free.

Specially formulated for children, PediaCare 24-Hour Allergy contains the second-generation antihistamine cetirizine hydrochloride, the active ingredient in McNeil’s Zyrtec.

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McNeil announces third recall of 2011

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Tuesday recalled one product lot of the analgesic Tylenol 8 Hour extended-release caplets 150-count bottles distributed in the United States, and three brands at the wholesale level.

“McNeil is taking this action as part of our ongoing surveillance and monitoring efforts that identified a small number of complaints of a musty or moldy odor,” the company stated, specifically referencing only the Tylenol 8 Hour recall. The lot number found on the label on the side of the bottle is ADM074; UPC Code 300450297181.

Consumers who purchased product from the lot included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare, either at Tylenol.com or by calling (888) 222-6036.

The uncharacteristic odor is thought to be caused by the presence of trace amounts of chemicals called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, or TBA, and 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, or TCA.

Separately, McNeil Consumer Healthcare is adding 10 lots of other products to a wholesale level recall the company originally initiated on Jan. 14. That recall was conducted as a precautionary measure after a review of past production records found instances where equipment cleaning procedures were insufficient or that cleaning was not adequately documented. That recall did not require any action by consumers or healthcare providers.

For a list of the additional lot numbers included in the latest recall, click here.

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K.Unain says:
Jan-23-2013 03:26 am

Thanks for the update. This year, a number of people might wonder about why there is apparently such a dearth of Tylenol on pharmacy shop shelves. For the past couple of years, there have been a series of Tylenol shortages, which are continuing though a lot of generic brand acetaminophen is accessible. Read more from: Flu on rampage amid reports of Tylenol shortages.

S.Mindrebo says:
Mar-30-2011 11:22 am

I’m baffled that the 750,000 bottles in this last recall were manufactured in the Fort Washington, PA facility that has been closed for a year now. Was the first recall not expansive enough? It scares me to think of what went on in that plant before the FDA took over. These recalls seem to have been steadily reoccurring over the last 12 months, but I can’t imagine the company’s costs and damages surpass the injury of the consumer. So many people have suffered illnesses, including liver failure from quality issues and accidental overdoses. Hopefully this is the last of them. Regards, SK – http://www.Tylenol-Attorney.com/

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Study: Nordic Naturals omega-3 effervescent absorbed faster

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — A research study conducted earlier this year on two Nordic Naturals arctic cod liver oil products concluded that the effervescent formulation is absorbed more rapidly than gelatin soft gels, and suggested that the effervescent form is equally palatable, making it an acceptable alternative to the soft gel form.

According to Joar Opheim, Nordic Naturals CEO, "This new [effervescent] delivery system for omega-3 fish oil tastes great and provides an opportunity for increased compliance among consumers,” Opheim stated. “Plus, the product offers faster absorption as a key benefit."

A total of 30 subjects between the ages of 21 and 60 years completed the study. Blood samples were drawn hourly after the fish oil preparations were taken. The average time to maximum concentration of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was shorter for the effervescent preparation group (2.7 hours) than for the soft gel group (3.5 hours), a 23% reduction in absorption time.

Significant change from EPA and DHA absorption was noted as early as 1.5 hours after intake of the effervescent, while the change in absorption for the soft gel occurred 4.5 hours after intake. Overall amounts of EPA and DHA absorbed were similar for both preparations.

The study was conducted by Gerald Tramontano at Exodon Clinical Research Unit in Mt. Arlington, N.J.

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