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Eileen Francis

Reporter – US

Eileen Francis is a reporter for “The Tan Sheet,” where she follows news on OTC drug and nutritional product manufacturing, regulation, legislation, finance and research. She previously served as a reporter and editor of “The Rose Sheet,” IBI’s source for in-depth coverage of the cosmetics industry. Early in her career, Eileen worked in public relations and as a writer for a lobbying firm. Outside of IBI, her freelance work includes articles on business, art and travel.
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Prenatal Vitamin D Benefit In Preventing Childhood Asthma Fades By Age 6

University of Rochester researchers say a benefit of daily prenatal vitamin D in preventing asthma in children up to 3 found in their 2016 study doesn't extend until age 6. They encourage more research, including analyzing whether supplementation should continue in young children.
Dietary Supplements Pediatrics

FTC Commissioner Proposes Making Endorsement Guides Into Rules, Seeking Stiffer Penalties

At least one FTC commissioner seems convinced that the agency’s Enforcement Guides are ripe for an update to address unscrupulous influencer marketing practices. Democrat Rohit Chopra proposes their codification into formal rules that would make violators liable for civil penalties and damages.

United States Enforcement

Ohio Study Shows Access To Naloxone Soars Without Rx Requirement

JAMA study finds that removing Rx requirement for naloxone in Ohio resulted in a 2,328% increase in orders of the drug dispensed since 2015. Michael Hufford, CEO of a company working on an OTC switch for a naloxone nasal spray, says the results show urgent need for a low-cost OTC product.
OTC Drugs Drug Approval Standards

Vitamin Shoppe Offers Exclusive US Sales Of Women’s Best, Adds Jocko Line

Vitamin Shoppe brings Jocko workout brand developed by a former Navy Seal to 690 stores and introduces in the US the European brand Women’s Best, which has a massive social media following.
Dietary Supplements Launches

Prestige Consumer Healthcare Grows International Sales 8%, Citing Hydralyte Expansion

Prestige Consumer Healthcare’s Hydralyte sales grew in excess of 20% fiscal year-to-date in key market Australia, reflecting PCH’s work to expand the brand’s appeal from a vomiting and diarrhea treatment to a sports and general hydration drink. Hydralyte is PCH’s biggest brand in Australia where the name is “synonymous with oral hydration,” company leadership says.

Health Sales & Earnings

FDA Salmonella Finding Triggers Recall Of Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber Products

Waukegan, IL-based Salud Natural Entrepreneur, Inc. is recalling lots of Nopalina Flax Seed Fiber powder and capsules after FDA tested an ingredient used in their manufacture and identified three types of Salmonella bacteria. The agency issued a warning letter to the firm in April 2016 for violations including GMP failures.

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