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Topical Biomedics names winner of second annual Topricin Travel Photo Contest

BY Michael Johnsen

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Topical BioMedics on Thursday named the winners of their second annual Topricin Travel Photo Contest.

The company asked customers to snap photographs of “Where in the World” they take the topical pain reliever Topricin. Fans answered the call by providing images from around the globe.

Winners were selected based on photo composition, creativity and product presence. 

The grand prize was awarded to Mike and Carrie Kinison of Haines, Alaska, for their clever and fun image of  “Topricin after a friendly mauling” featuring Carrie surrounded by their pack of  dogs, holding a jar of Topricin above her head. This is the second year in a row the Kinisons won top prize. Last year’s award-winning photo featured Mike panning for gold in Nome, stating “Topricin is worth more than its weight in gold.”

As the Grand prizewinners, the Kinisons receive a year’s supply of Topricin — a 4 oz. jar delivered each month. 

A video montage featuring all the “Where in the World is Topricin” contest entries can be seen on the company web site www.topricin.com

“’Where in the World is Topricin’ is a popular contest, and we’ll be looking forward to holding it again, starting Feb. 1, 2013," stated Lou Paradise, Topical BioMedics president and chief of research. 


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STS Health launches FluNada nasal spray

BY Michael Johnsen

RESTON, Va. — STS Health on Thursday announced the launch of its homeopathic cold and flu symptom reliever FluNada. 

"After years of intensive research and testing, this natural spray product has been developed to offer a new era of relief from common cold and flu-like symptoms," stated Steven Schwartz, who invented the product. "Each of the active ingredients integrated into the spray was chosen based on the specific health characteristics it provides. In addition, it was important to develop a product that was 100% free of zinc."

The spray product contains a multi-layered proprietary blend of homeopathic ingredients, including elderberry, eucalyptus and mint. The formula aids in the relief of runny or blocked nose, body aches and pains, sore throat, or cough. 

Each $19.95 bottle contains 40 doses of five sprays each; three sprays to the back of the throat and one to each nostril.


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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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