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SIDI Work Group releases voluntary supplier qualification guidelines

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The dietary supplement industry’s self-regulatory coalition, the SIDI Work Group, on Thursday announced the release of its voluntary Dietary Supplement Component Supplier Qualification Guideline — a document designed to assist the industry in supply chain integrity, which is a requirement for complying with current good manufacturing practices. 

“The dietary supplement industry as a whole needs to improve its track record on cGMP compliance," stated Duffy MacKay, chair of the SIDI Work Group Executive Committee and VP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition [CRN]. “The voluntary guidelines from the SIDI Work Group encourage industry compliance; in particular this newest guideline offers a compliance roadmap so companies can establish methods that will best help them build relationships with the right supplier partners."

Under cGMPs, manufacturers are responsible for qualifying their suppliers if they choose to rely on suppliers’ certificates of analysis. The new guideline outlines a process a dietary supplement manufacturer may use to establish its own ingredient supplier qualification program to assess a supplier’s suitability as a provider of raw materials. 

"As [the Food and Drug Administration] increases enforcement efforts on cGMP compliance, it is especially critical that companies rigorously qualify their suppliers, so the agency, as well as consumers, can feel confident that our industry is manufacturing and marketing high quality, safe products," MacKay added. 

The SIDI Work Group comprises three of the supplement industry’s trade associations, including the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, CRN and the United Natural Products Alliance. The SQG is the third voluntary guideline developed by the SIDI Work Group, and complements earlier guidelines the SIDI Protocol and the Certificate of Analysis Guideline. 


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Pennsylvania man wins Prilosec OTC Wildberry sweepstakes

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Out of more than 200,000 entries, Procter & Gamble named "William R." of Pennsylvania winner of the ultimate sports pack as part of Wild American Flavor Sweepstakes sponsored by Prilosec OTC Wildberry.

The contestant won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to three of the country’s "most flavorful" cities that host the biggest sporting events in America, including tickets to the Super Bowl, NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and the NCAA basketball championship game in Atlanta, travel and accommodations and $5,000. 

The contest was part of the Wild American Flavor Tour, which featured comedian Larry the Cable Guy at sporting events across the country. 


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DSN Flu Report UPDATE: OTC sales spike as flu travels West

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — This year is turning out to be a strong cough and cold season even though there are more flu shots being administered at retail, and those flu shots are a pretty good match to the popular strains this year — 99.4% of the H3N2 influenza viruses tested matched one of the three components of the 2012 to 2013 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine. Overall, for the four weeks ending Dec. 30, sales of remedies for sore throats and cough syrups were up 12.5% and 26.2%, respectively, according to SymphonyIRI Group data as measured across all channels. 

And the flu season was still a week or two away from peaking in the East and making its way to the West at that time. 

Last year there was an idea tossed around that retail pharmacy was doing such a good job promoting their influenza vaccine offerings that they inoculated themselves out of selling cold and flu remedies to sick people. Sounds logical — the more vaccines that matches up well to the popular strain that are administered in a year, well, the fewer sick people you should have. 

Fortunately for retail pharmacy, the flu bug doesn’t know logic. Of course, what that really might suggest is that there is still a lofty ceiling with plenty of room to drive the number of flu shots higher without ever materially impacting sales of cold medicines and supplies, even in a year when the flu shot matches up well to the popular flu bug. 

And that means in a particularly virulent flu season, strong sales of cold and flu remedies will ensue. That’s the kind of logic that retailers and cold remedy manufacturers like to hear. 

Sales of ancillary products are trending high as well. Hand sanitizer sales were up 15.4% in that four-week period, reaching $14.4 million. GoJo’s new Purell Advanced has grabbed 20% of the dollar share across the top three sanitizer brands, not including private label. Sales of thermometers were up 35.8% to $17.9 million, and old standby symptom relievers like chest rubs were up 16% to $10.9 million.

 

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