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WSJ: Elderberry may be good for the flu

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal on Monday featured PharmaCare’s Sambucol Black Elderberry product in an article titled, "Elderberry as a Flu Remedy." 

The WSJ reported that "there is preliminary evidence that the berry — often consumed as a syrup or lozenge — can shorten the duration of flu symptoms." There is "scant evidence," however, that it does the same for the common cold, the paper reported.  

Citing a review article published in January in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, the WSJ noted that scientists gave the berry a grade of "B" — denoting "good scientific evidence" for treatment of influenza, but that more research is needed. 

The elderberry formulation tested in two of the clinical studies reviewed in the Journal of Dietary Supplements is sold as a syrup under the Sambucol brand, WSJ reported.

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Study: One-third of chronically ill have trouble affording medicines, food

BY Michael Johnsen

TUCSON, Ariz. — Approximately 1-in-3 chronically-ill National Health Interview Survey participants are unable to afford food, medications or both, according to a study published Jan. 21 in the American Journal of Medicine. WIC and public health insurance participation are associated with less food insecurity and cost-related medication underuse.

According to the study, of the 9,696 adult NHIS participants who reported chronic illness, 23.4% reported cost-related medication underuse; 18.8% reported food insecurity; and 11% reported both. Adults who reported food insecurity were significantly more likely to report cost-related medication underuse. Participants with both cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity were more likely to be Hispanic or non-Hispanic Black, and have more chronic conditions than patients reporting neither. They were also less likely to have public, non-Medicare insurance and report to WIC participation.

For people struggling to pay for either food or medications, the authors recommended looking into eligibility for food assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC, along with community support services like food banks, according to a report in Reuters Health.

 

 

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Post acquires PowerBar, Musashi brands from Nestlé

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS — Post Holdings on Monday announced it has agreed to acquire the PowerBar and Musashi brands and related worldwide assets from Nestlé S.A.

Post anticipates combining this transaction with Post’s current active nutrition portfolio to form a singular Active Nutrition Group with expected annualized revenue approaching $550 million. The acquired brands participate in a rapidly growing sports nutrition bar and sports nutrition supplement categories. The global active nutrition category is expected to remain strong with the category projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7% between 2014 and 2017, Post projected, citing Euromonitor. 

The combination of Premier Nutrition’s Premier Protein and Joint Juice brands and Dymatize Enterprises’ Dymatize and Supreme brands with the PowerBar and Musashi brands will afford Post a broad portfolio of brands addressing various segments of the category covering body building, endurance, life style and sports nutrition consumer interests and benefits. The combined portfolio will provide the Active Nutrition Group access to all channels of sales and distribution, as well as all leading product forms, including bars, shakes and powders while expanding its presence worldwide.

David Ritterbush, president and CEO of Premier Nutrition, and Greg Venner, president and CEO of Dymatize will serve as co-CEO’s of the Active Nutrition Group within Post, reporting to Terence Block, president and COO of Post.

The transaction is expected to be completed in Post’s fiscal third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions. Post expects to fund the acquisition with cash on hand.

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