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Tennessee latest 
to fight PSE status

BY Michael Johnsen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee makes the third state this year, joining Kentucky and Nevada, that is considering state legislation to mandate the sale of pseudoephedrine as prescription-only. That could prove a big concern for the legitimate market for PSE products on account of the potential snowball effect such legislation could have on neighboring states. According to a government review staff in Kentucky, at least 97.8% of all PSE sales are bought for legitimate use.


However, another bill in Tennessee proposed to adopt the National Precursor Log Exchange, an electronic logbook system that enables law enforcement to track illicit PSE sales in real time. “In the four states that have fully implemented e-tracking technology, nearly 40,000 g of illegal PSE sales per month are blocked,” stated Carlos Gutierrez, a state government relations consultant at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. The system also helps law enforcement find meth labs. 


But proponents of the prescription-only solution may not be interested in finding more meth labs, even if they do exist. Many identify with the significant reduction in meth lab busts in Oregon and Mississippi, two states that currently require prescriptions for PSE purchases. And that’s part of what makes a prescription mandate an attractive proposition for state lawmakers: Decontaminating meth labs is an expensive proposition.

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Perrigo gains entry to store-brand blood-glucose meter market

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with AgaMatrix to sell and distribute blood-glucose monitors and test strips in the U.S. store-brand channel.

Nipro Diagnostics long has dominated store-brand blood-glucose meters with a co-branding program that includes TRUE2Go, TRUEresult and TRUEtrack.

As part of the agreement, Perrigo will sell and distribute certain products in the current AgaMatrix portfolio, as well as certain future new products.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Entering this adjacent product category has been high on our strategic priority list due to the fact that the growing diabetic community has an increasing demand for more quality, affordable healthcare options,” stated Joseph Papa, Perrigo chairman and CEO. “It is well-known that regular blood-glucose testing is critical to effective diabetes management. What is also well-known is that the cost of testing strips and supplies often prevents many diabetics from testing as often as they should."

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ViVa Beverages introduces new relaxation aids

BY Michael Johnsen

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — ViVa Beverages on Wednesday announced the national launches of Quick Beverages Sleep and Quick Beverages Relax, two new 2-oz. shots containing relaxation aids in a zero-calorie, sugar-free, berry-flavor drink.

"We live in a high-stress, amped-up, always-on-the-go society, which is why energy shots have grown into a huge category," stated Paul Fuegner of ViVa Beverages. "Quick Beverages Sleep and Relax are the all-natural alternatives to energy shots."

The two products are available at Vitamin World and on Amazon.com and currently are selling into drug stores and convenience stores. Suggested retail price is $2.99 per bottle.

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