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Tennessee legislators have PSE choice between NPLEx and Rx-only

BY Michael Johnsen

NASHVILLE — Tennessee may be the next state to adopt an electronic tracking tool to enforce pseudoephedrine sales restrictions and combat methamphetamine production in real time.

Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, and Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville, on Thursday introduced legislation that calls for the adoption of a statewide, industry-funded electronic tracking system, called the National Precursor Log Exchange, to monitor and stop illicit purchases of PSE. The bill provides an alternative, less-intrusive solution to the prescription-only bill (HB 181) introduced last week.

“This kind of government intrusion in our lives is not the solution we need to attack the meth problem in Tennessee,” Beavers stated. "We should not punish the tens of thousands of innocent Tennesseans who need this over-the-counter medication to get at the criminals who are using the drug illegally to produce meth when there is another approach which is very effective.”

"In the four states that have fully implemented e-tracking technology, nearly 40,000 g of illegal PSE sales per month are blocked,” said Carlos Gutiérrez, a state government relations consultant at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. “The system, which provides local law enforcement officials with precise data on who is attempting to buy illegal amounts of PSE, also helps law enforcement find meth labs.”

SB 325/HB 234 is supported by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry and CHPA. If passed into law, SB 325/HB 234 would make Tennessee the 13th state to pass legislation requiring a statewide e-tracking system to block illegal sales of medicines containing PSE. The NPLEx system would be fully integrated into Tennessee pharmacy systems by Jan. 1, 2012.

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New England Patriots’ offensive line receives Prilosec OTC-sponsored award

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — NFL commentator John Madden and the Prilosec OTC team on Thursday awarded the New England Patriots’ offensive line the 2010 Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC.

"The offensive line doesn’t always catch the fans’ attention, so Prilosec OTC and I created this award to recognize the guys who provide the critical run blocking and pass protection," Madden stated. "All season long, these guys proved they had the mental and physical toughness that enabled the Patriots offense to put up impressive numbers on the ground and in the air."

Madden and company presented the award during a press event in Texas. Accepting the trophy on behalf of the New England Patriots were offensive linemen Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Mark LeVoir.

The award is based on a combination of criteria including offensive line statistics — sacks allowed, rushing and passing yardage, time of possession, O-line penalties, third and fourth down conversion percentages and red zone scoring conversions, fan voting and coach Madden’s own personal observations throughout the season.

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Intimate Bridge 2 Conception developing an OTC take-home insemination device

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — A private entrepreneur is close to introducing a take-home intracervical insemination fertilization kit to retail, according to a story published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Friday. The product will be submitted for Food and Drug Administration approval in the first half of 2011. If approved, Steve Bollinger first plans to introduce the product into doctor’s offices before launching through retail pharmacy.

Bollinger, CEO of Intimate Bridge 2 Conception, hopes to introduce Focus Touch at an $80 price point by the end of the year, following FDA approval. Bollinger already has raised $500,000 in investments from the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and local incubator Innovation Works, the Post-Gazette reported, and expects to close on a second round of funding worth $1.5 million in March.

The Focus Touch is designed to allow do-it-yourself intracervical insemination, a process that places semen right near the cervix to increase the chance of a pregnancy. The kit will include a specially designed condom to collect the semen in a small cap; the small cap is then removed and fitted onto a long, thin tube for insemination. “The cap can stay inside the woman’s body for three to five hours before being pulled out by a string, much like a tampon,” the paper reported.

The cap also can be stored in a refrigerated climate for up to seven days.

Intracervical insemination has a success rate of 10% to 15%, Bollinger reported.

Walgreens vet Michael Tovian, a one-time VP managed care sales and contracting, sits on IB2C’s board.

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C.NOLAN says:
Aug-01-2013 10:45 pm

How was this project going? Did the company have the device already? If yes, what are the progress and benefits it contributed to the company? I have heard that they will also build a bridge but they still have to present approval to bid & certifications to be used for the products during delivery from different places.

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