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Report: Arkansas House passes pharmacist-only PSE bill

BY Michael Johnsen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas House on Wednesday passed a bill that would restrict the behind-the-counter sale of pseudoephedrine to pharmacists only. In other words, pharmacy technicians no longer would be allowed to sell products containing PSE.

The measure by state Sen. Percy Malone passed 60-31, according to published reports.

The bill is a victory of sorts, as the Arkansas Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Tuesday spent several hours debating whether or not PSE should be sold only with a prescription, as proposed by a bill put forth by Rep. Marshall Wright, D-Ark., 51st District.

The bill also mandates that pharmacists are to decide whether the customer has a medical need for the drug.

According to reports, law enforcement was split on the issue — some suggested a prescription-only status would be a crucial tool to eliminate methamphetamine production. Others suggested the current state tracking system helped investigators identify potential meth cooks and addicts. A prescription requirement would eliminate that ability, they argued.

The bill goes to Gov. Mike Beebe.

Click here to check out what this PSE bill means for Arkansas.

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Rebootizer USA to sponsor kiteboarder Kris Kinn

BY Michael Johnsen

WILTON, Conn. — Rebootizer USA on Tuesday signed Kris Kinn, professional kiteboarder and international team rider for Best Kiteboarding, to its team of sponsored athletes.

Kinn grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in Buffalo, N.Y. She began kiteboarding six years ago and now travels the world competing in national and international events.

Rebootizer sees the partnership with Kinn as an opportunity to increase both brand awareness and kiteboarding’s visibility, with a goal of having it be recognized as an Olympic sport, the company stated. "We are proud and excited to welcome Kris Kinn to the team of athletes we sponsor," stated Rebootizer CEO Catherine Brandt. "Rebootizer promotes health and wellness by integrating a regular detox regimen that naturally enhances the body’s detox and digestive functions, allowing it to perform at its peek physically."

Kris Kinn’s first appearance representing Rebootizer will be March 18 to 20 in Richmond, Va., where Rebootizer USA is partnering with “The Balancing Act,” a national women’s morning show on Lifetime television produced by O2 Media, for the second of five sponsorships of the "Balance Your Life" Road Tour with Southern Women’s Shows. The event will take place at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

"Rebootizer is an amazing product and I couldn’t be happier with my new partnership with this company," Kinn said. "With my professional athlete lifestyle, staying fit and healthy is my No. 1 priority.”

Rebootizer began its support of kiteboarding in 2010 by partnering with professional kiteboarder and Triple S champion Davey Blair.

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NPA to China: Increase transparency, U.S. imports

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association on Wednesday outlined five key industry issues for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the United States Trade Representative for the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.

The NPA focused on removing barriers for trade to China with recommendations on increasing transparency, clarifying and reforming regulations, and enhancing export opportunities.

“Ranking fourth in sales behind the United States, Japan and Europe, China is a market of growing importance for dietary supplement makers and the natural products industry at large,” stated John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO. “NPA continues to play a constructive role with U.S. and Chinese officials to work toward the goal of increasing U.S. exports.”

NPA’s recommendations focused on five key areas:

  • Product registration: Reduce the time and cost of registering new and existing products with China’s State Food and Drug Administration;

  • Functional claims: Expand China’s list of approved functional claims and simplify the regulatory process;

  • Potency restrictions: Modify potency-level restrictions to conform to current dietary supplement research;

  • Dosage form: Clarify among regulators, custom agents and manufacturers the form in which dietary supplements may be sold in China; and

  • Gray market activity: Eliminate ambiguity and the restrictive nature of current regulations to encourage companies to follow the SFDA’s regulations.

For the complete copy of the NPA’s comments, go to NPAinfo.org/comments.

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