Ripped Fuel manufacturer takes issue with A-Rod’s comments
NEW YORK ISI Brands, manufacturer of Twinlab Ripped Fuel, took exception to comments made by Alex Rodriguez during the Major League Baseballer’s press conference on Feb. 17 around Rodriguez’s prior steroid use.
In response to whether or not Rodriguez experimented with anything else during the course of his career, Rodrgiuez said, “What I used to take a lot in, especially the Seattle days, was something called Ripped Fuel. Since, it has been banned from Major League Baseball, I believe, and also it has been removed from the shelves from GNC. I used to dabble with that some.”
“Twinlab Ripped Fuel does not now, nor has it ever, contained any steroids,” stated Mark Fox, president of ISI Brands, in a statement released Feb. 19. “We take the safety of all our products very seriously and the trust earned over 40 years of use by professional and aspiring athletes alike is a source of pride for our entire company and speaks to the consistent high performance of our formulas.”
ISI Brands purchased the Twinlab brand in December 2003. While prior to that time the previous owners manufactured certain Ripped Fuel products with ephedra, ISI has never manufactured, marketed or sold any product containing ephedra, the company stated. No Ripped Fuel product sold by ISI Brands today contains any ingredient that has been banned by the MLB, the company added.
GNC currently carries ISI Brands’ Ripped Fuel, contrary to Rodriguez’s statement.
The Food and Drug Administration first moved against the ingredient ephedra in December 2003, issuing a consumer alert against the use of ephedra and announcing that the agency would publish a rule banning sale of the ingredient in 2004.
Ephedra use also banned by The International Olympic Committee, National Football League and National Collegiate Athletic Association. Major League Baseball prohibits players with minor league contracts from taking the substance.
World Research Group to host mobile-phone diabetes seminar
NEW YORK World Research Group announced Wednesday that it will be host to a Web-based seminar on improving diabetes management through mobile phone technology.
The agenda will include discussions on how mobile technology can improve disease management; key factors in selecting and enrolling patients, increasing adherence to medical regimens and supporting provider workflow; how mobile technology facilitates improved patient and provider interaction; and improvements in patient adherence, blood-glucose control and patient satisfaction.
Kimberly-Clark launches new baby wipes to Huggies line
DALLAS Kimberly-Clark recently launched Huggies New Soft Skin baby wipes to the Huggies line, the company announced.
The wipes clean and moisturize with a washcloth-like texture and a touch of shea butter and are designed to restore moisture to the baby’s skin.
Suggested retail price for 64 wipes and a plastic tub dispenser is $2.99; a 320-count refill retails for a suggested $8.99.