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New sesame seed energy bar hits market

BY Antoinette Alexander

Absolutely Gluten Free, a manufacturer of gluten-free, all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories.

All varieties — Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio and Vanilla — are certified OU Kosher and dairy free.

Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium.

The bars are sold in packs of seven 4.4-oz. sizes. The suggested retail price is $3.99 per seven-bar pack.

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Roche introduces self-testing device for coagulation monitoring

BY Antoinette Alexander

Roche is planning to make its new CoaguChek Vantus system, the first self-testing device for coagulation monitoring with built in Bluetooth technology, commercially available this summer.

With the new system, patients will be able to use their tablet or smartphone with a compatible app to send their results automatically via wireless connectivity, which enables healthcare providers to receive patient INR results rapidly and accurately, while also reducing visits to the lab.

“As healthcare systems face continued pressure to deliver improved access to care at a lower cost, increased connectivity between healthcare providers and patients becomes even more important,” said Alan Wright, chief medical officer, Roche Diagnostics. “This innovative technology sets the standard in coagulation monitoring by providing high quality, convenient testing, while optimizing the patient result reporting workflow.

Self-testing can enable patients to test more conveniently, which may improve their time in the target INR range set by their doctor as compared with in-office or lab testing. And when compared with lab testing, patient self-testing has been correlated with fewer thromboembolic events.

Self-testing provides patients with the tools and flexibility to be more engaged in their therapy and this supports better compliance. In addition, self-testing can also help patients stay connected to their doctor, who can quickly receive the results following the patient’s self-test.

 

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Xanthic, ABH Pharma to produce CBD-infused dietary supplements

BY Antoinette Alexander

Xanthic Biopharma announced on Monday that it has teamed up with ABH Pharma, a manufacturer of in-house branded and private label dietary supplements, to produce CBD-infused dietary supplements.

Using the same non-cannabis and non-hemp CBD that powers Xanthic CBD Water, ABH is able to offer CBD-infused dietary supplement products for sale alongside its non-CBD products, the company stated. All products using the Xanthic CBD powder will bear the catchphrase “Powered by Xanthic Solubles.”

According to Xanthic, the products will be sold by a variety of brick-and-mortar retailers and e-commerce sites.

“We are excited to remain on the forefront of the nutraceuticals industry with this development. The Xanthic partnership allows us to provide our customers with a competitive advantage, continuing to meet the evolving demands of consumers,” said Frank Cantone, president of ABH.

Added Tim Moore, CEO of Xanthic, “Our partnership with ABH represents an important step for Xanthic. It allows us to introduce “Powered by Xanthic” CBD powder technology to a broader consumer audience across the United States. The ABH portfolio of state-of-art dietary supplements is a perfect partner for our technology.”

 

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