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January 21, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association responded to Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., recent call for the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require flow restrictors on all bottles of children's liquid medicines.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Monday responded to Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., recent call for the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require flow restrictors on all bottles of children's liquid medicines.

January 20, 2014

The Food Marketing Institute, a plaintiff in the litigation against the Federal Reserve’s interpretation of debit reform legislation by Congress under the Durbin Amendment, on Friday urged the Appeals Court to agree with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 decision.

WASHINGTON — The Food Marketing Institute, a plaintiff in the litigation against the Federal Reserve’s interpretation of debit reforms legislated by Congress under the Durbin Amendment, on Friday urged the Appeals Court to agree with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 decision. 

Judge Leon ruled that the U.S. Federal Reserve had “clearly disregarded” Congress’ intent “by inappropriately inflating all debit card transaction fees by billions of dollars.”

January 17, 2014

Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today — or 1-of-13 children younger than 18 years — will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s report released Friday.

WASHINGTON — Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today — or 1-of-13 children younger than 18 years — will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s report released Friday.

January 17, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association responded to the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination medicines that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit, suggesting it would not impact use of over-the-counter formulations containing acetaminophen.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Thursday responded to the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination medicines that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit, suggesting it would not impact use of over-the-counter formulations containing acetaminophen.

January 17, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday created an infographic that depicts the dietary supplement consumer based on the association's annual survey.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Thursday created an infographic that depicts the dietary supplement consumer based on the association's annual survey.

CRN’s mission behind this infographic was to provide an easily accessible – and easy to understand – resource with key data from the 2013 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, CRN stated.

January 17, 2014

A survey released by the National Consumers League found that more than 1-in-5 (22%) U.S. parents surveyed admitted they’ve never received a flu shot, and only half (53%) of parents with children ages 17 years and younger have received a flu vaccination within the last year.

WASHINGTON — A survey released by the National Consumers League found that more than 1-in-5 (22%) U.S. parents surveyed admitted they’ve never received a flu shot, and only half (53%) of parents with children ages 17 years and younger have received a flu vaccination within the last year. 

January 16, 2014

An analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health found that only 35.7% of adults ages 18 to 64 years got the flu shot last season.

WASHINGTON — An analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health found that only 35.7% of adults ages 18 to 64 years got the flu shot last season. By comparison, 56.6% of children ages 6 months to 17 years old and 66.2% of seniors were vaccinated.  

"The trend of low vaccination rates among younger adults is particularly troubling this year, when they are more at risk than usual for the effects of the H1N1 strain of flu that's circulating," stated Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH.

January 16, 2014

CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the kickoff of its annual Project Health wellness campaign, which will deliver more than $15 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities across the United States in 2014.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the kickoff of its annual Project Health wellness campaign, which will deliver more than $15 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities across the United States in 2014.

January 16, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to restore $85 million in Food and Drug Administration sequestered user fees.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to restore $85 million in Food and Drug Administration sequestered user fees.

January 16, 2014

Avignone Chemists, which is located in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, has sold its pharmacy business to CVS/pharmacy, according to a local news report.

NEW YORK — Avignone Chemists, which is located in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, has sold its pharmacy business to CVS/pharmacy, according to a local news report.

January 15, 2014

Seattle's Best Coffee is making a foray into the instant and single-serve coffee markets.

SEATTLE — Seattle's Best Coffee is making a foray into the instant and single-serve coffee markets.

The brand, owned by Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks, is introducing single-serve K-Cup packs for Keurig coffee makers, two new roast and ground-medium roast blends, House Blend, Breakfast Blend and Instant Lattes. The single-serve market is worth about $1.8 billion, while the instant market is worth about $740 million, according to IRI Group data.

January 14, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced the addition of 14 companies to its membership roster.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced the addition of 14 companies to its membership roster.

January 14, 2014

Just slightly more than one-third of adults aged 18 to 64 got a flu shot last season, compared with two-thirds of seniors and more than half of children, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health.

WASHINGTON — Just slightly more than one-third of adults aged 18 to 64 got a flu shot last season, compared with two-thirds of seniors and more than half of children, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health.

January 14, 2014

The recent breach of customer data at Target has attracted the attention of two U.S. senators.

WASHINGTON — The recent breach of customer data at Target has attracted the attention of two U.S. senators.

January 13, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Friday pledged its support behind the introduction of legislation by Rep. Paul Harris, R-Wash., that would prohibit pharmacies or retail distributors from selling over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan to those younger than 18 years without a prescription.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Friday pledged its support behind the introduction of legislation by Rep. Paul Harris, R-Wash., that would prohibit pharmacies or retail distributors from selling over-the-counter cough medicines containing dextromethorphan to those younger than 18 years without a prescription. CHPA says the bill, H.B. 2163, is a step toward preventing teen abuse of the medicines containing DXM. 

January 13, 2014

Consumers think, live and shop differently depending on where they are within the “world” of Health and Wellness, according to the Hartman Group report "Health + Wellness: A Culture of Wellness," released in December.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Consumers think, live and shop differently depending on where they are within the “World” of Health and Wellness, according to the Hartman Group report "Health + Wellness: A Culture of Wellness," released in December.

January 13, 2014

New York state has begun to legalize medical use of marijuana, albeit in limited form, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — New York state has begun to legalize medical use of marijuana, albeit in limited form, according to published reports.

Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia allow the dispensing of marijuana for medical use, two of which — Colorado and Washington — have legalized recreational use, while Maryland allows medical use as a legal defense in criminal cases.

January 9, 2014

A pharmacy professor and compounding pharmacy owner are candidates for president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association for 2015-2016, the group said.

WASHINGTON — A pharmacy professor and compounding pharmacy owner are candidates for president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association for 2015-2016, the group said.

The APhA said the candidates for the position are Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy professor and community pharmacy residency program director Jean-Venable Goode and Newport Beach, Calif.-based Westcliff Compounding Pharmacy owner Michael Pavlovich. Members will have the opportunity to meet the candidates at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Fla., in March.

January 9, 2014

Cascadian Farm will welcome a line of bars made with organic pea protein — a protein source derived entirely from plants — to its robust line of products.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. — Cascadian Farm will welcome a line of bars made with organic pea protein — a protein source derived entirely from plants — to its robust line of products.

The bars are available nationwide in two flavors, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Honey Roasted Nut, and offer a chewy texture that packs 9 g of protein in each serving.

January 9, 2014

Costco Wholesale Corp.'s sales increased by 6% in the month of December and the first few days of January compared with December 2012, the club retailer said.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Costco Wholesale Corp.'s sales increased by 6% in the month of December and the first few days of January compared with December 2012, the club retailer said Thursday.

The Issaquah, Wash.-based company reported sales of $11.53 billion during the five weeks that ended Sunday, compared with $10.87 billion during the same period last year. Comps increased by 5% at the company's U.S. stores.

January 9, 2014

Sparkling Ice, part of the TalkingRain portfolio of beverages, will expand its line of zero-calorie sparkling waters with the addition of two new flavors.

PRESTON, Wash. — Sparkling Ice, part of the TalkingRain portfolio of beverages, will expand its line of zero-calorie sparkling waters with the addition of two new flavors. Starting this month, consumers will get to indulge in Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon.

Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade mingles the sweetness of cherries with the tanginess of lime to provide a bold flavor, while Strawberry Watermelon joins two summertime favorites for a refreshment that can be enjoyed year-round.  

January 7, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association reported the makers of over-the-counter pediatric liquid medications have made significant progress in carrying out voluntary efforts to promote safe use through standardized dosing directions and dosing devices, as underscored by the results of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Monday in Pediatrics.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association reported the makers of over-the-counter pediatric liquid medications have made significant progress in carrying out voluntary efforts to promote safe use through standardized dosing directions and dosing devices, as underscored by the results of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Monday in Pediatrics.

January 7, 2014

Growth in health spending has slowed in recent years, including spending by private and public payers, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that also found a small contribution to the lower growth from the healthcare reform law.

WASHINGTON — Growth in health spending has slowed in recent years, including spending by private and public payers, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that also found a small contribution to the lower growth from the healthcare reform law.

January 7, 2014

The Council for Responsible Nutrition named seven newly seated directors to its governing board, and three newly appointed committee chairs.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday named seven newly seated directors to its governing board, and three newly appointed committee chairs.

The seven new executives joining CRN’s Board of Directors are: Mark Hartman, Banner Life Sciences; Connie Hallquist, Healthy Directions; Mark LeDoux, Natural Alternatives International; Bret Scholtes, Omega Protein/Nutegrity; Jennifer Spalding, Abbott Nutrition; Steve Strickland, Sensient Pharmaceutical Coating Systems; and James Watson, Watson.

January 7, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission announced a law enforcement initiative stopping national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to peddle fad weight-loss products, from food additives and skin cream to dietary supplements.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced a law enforcement initiative stopping national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to peddle fad weight-loss products, from food additives and skin cream to dietary supplements.