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Reuters: Question on whether emergency contraceptives less effective in women weighing more than 165 lbs.

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing emergency contraceptives like Plan B One-Step on whether they are less effective in women weighing more than 165 lbs., according to a report published Monday by Reuters

FDA’s impetus was the fact that European health regulators recently required a label change communicating that a similar emergency contraceptive began losing effectiveness in women who weighed 165 lbs. The emergency contraceptive did not work for women weighing more than 176 lbs, Reuters reported. 

The emergency contraceptive that came under question in Europe is HRA Pharma’s Norlevo. 

 

 

 

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Pfizer launches Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough + Congestion DM

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer on Monday launched Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough + Congestion DM, a new liquid-filled capsule that helps control cough on-the-go. "This formulation not only harnesses the power of Maximum Strength Robitussin cough liquid, but is a convenient option for those hitting the road or boarding a plane this holiday season," the company stated.

The company noted that whether traveling cross country or staying close to home, families can track when cough activity spikes in their local area via the Robitussin COUGHCAST tool. 

This tool, available on Robitussin.com, can let people know when cough is most likely to strike, so they can be prepared to effectively treat their symptoms – and avoid the “COUGHequences” of missed vacations, holiday parties and workdays.

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Movit Energy Gummies launch, target athletic consumers

BY Michael Johnsen

MEAD, Wash. — Movit Energy Gummies recently launched its signature product targeting active sports enthusiasts with an energy product in gummy format. 

Movit comes in a snack-size packet typically containing 11 gummies, which altogether contain 60 calories, in one of two flavors — citrus or berry. The proprietary formula includes such ingredients as Brazilian guarana, co-enzyme Q10, D-ribose, vitamin C, taurine, protein and a full complement of B vitamins.

The energy formula meets high school and NCAA guidelines, the company stated.

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