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"Based on the scientific information in the literature and further supported by our computational modeling and the reports of its adverse effects in humans, we feel confident in calling compounds found in kratom, opioids," says Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
Pharmavite will not follow NAD’s recommendation to discontinue claim its NatureMade Omega 3 Xtra Blend fish oil supplement offers “nearly 4x better absorption” than standard fish oil, but plans another clinical study supporting the statement.
Council of Better Business Bureau's industry self-regulation arm says UltraMax Health, after previously not responding to a request for evidence supporting Max Synapse online ad claims, stated in writing that it stopped using the claims and no longer is selling the product.
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New Chapter founders Paul and Barbi Schulick leave and sever ties with parent firm Procter & Gamble six years after their company providing herbal products to US health food and vitamin stores was acquired by the global consumer health, personal and household care products marketer. Nature's Bounty adds Don Kerrigan, formerly in charge of US OTC drug marketing for Bayer and Pfizer, as its president for North America.
American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists says Borneman "contributed to monumental changes in the development of homeopathic drugs and their regulation" and "represented and defended homeopathy against uninformed regulation and vanity medical products masquerading as homeopathic."
Amazon’s Solimo supplements and personal care line overall is priced higher than Walgreens' brand but lower than CVS', Jefferies Equity Research Americas found. Solimo could present a formidable threat to the supplements category, but its limited assortment so far and pricing should prevent “material market share shifts” in the near-term, Jefferies says.
American Chinese Medicine Association no longer markets OTC cancer treatments online; Health Management Group warned on quality control; American Herbal Products Association recommends revisions to USDA's proposed bioengineered food disclosure standard; Kill Cliff adds Ignite “clean energy"; and Nutrisystem has Essentials daily vitamin packs for its namesake weight-loss program and Vita Packs for South Beach Diet brand.
While essentially all products labeled as dietary supplements but marketed with claims to treat diseases or illnesses could be targets of FTC enforcement against unsubstantiated advertising, FDA warnings to firms linked to those products generally don't discuss violations of FTC rules. But the warning to Up-Inya Beverages, like firms previously identified as making opioid-withdrawal claims, included an explanation of how it's in FTC's crosshairs, too.
Racing Greens Nutraceuticals is advised to discontinue claims its energy and recovery supplement delivers “six of your five a day” daily servings of fruit and vegetables the UK recommends because it's a powder. Public Health England says fresh or frozen, canned, dried or juiced fruits and vegetables qualify, while a 150mL of unsweetened fruit juice, vegetable juice or a smoothie counts as a maximum of one portion of the five a day.
Products offered in online scams that lead to monthly bills usually are “something that the average person is going to be looking for, a renewal product like vitamins, tooth whitener and skin cream," says an FTC attorney. Federal judge halts sales by Triangle Media and associated companies and freezes their assets after FTC showed “immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage” to consumers.
House And Senate Farm Bills Dilemma: Each Includes One, But Not Both Of Supplement Industry's SNAP, Hemp Goals
Senate's USDA five-year reauthorization would remove hemp from federal list of controlled substances and lift limits on production in the US but does not contain language included in the House bill to make multivitamins eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program purchases. House bill though, doesn't clear hemp production. "I think we have a lot of work of ahead of us on both fronts," says CRN President and CEO Steve Mister.
Sales of dietary supplements promoted for nutritional needs of diabetics are exploding as consumers seek non-drug products to deal with symptoms of the disease, says a consumer health analyst in a recent presentation. Consumer health products positioned to prevent disease are growing at a much faster rate globally than those formulas that treat ailments.
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