Pyridoxamine petition illustrates regulatory chasm between dietary supplements, pharmaceutical industries
Pyridoxamine petition illustrates regulatory chasm between dietary supplements, pharmaceutical industries
A citizen petition filed with FDA concerns whether an ingredient can ever be marketed as a dietary supplement if it was previously the subject of publicized drug trials. At issue is pyridoxamine, a member of the vitamin B6 family, which has long been considered out of bounds because it was under investigation as a drug. Industry is arguing that new circumstances warrant a change. Read more→
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Practitioners show increased engagement with botanicals, supplementsThis excerpt from the first issue of the UNPA Asia Report highlights Holistic Primary Care’s 2016 practitioner survey with key findings on why practitioners are embracing non-pharmaceutical alternatives in their practices and their changing views on supplements.
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Nature’s Sunshine looks forward to China sales to boost bottom lineNature’s Sunshine has emerged from a cloud cast by a software implementation issue and a delayed entry to the Chinese market to post a moderately positive year-end earnings report.M&A ACTIVITY
EU approves €54 billion Bayer-Monsanto dealThe European Commission has approved Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto, with the German pesticide supplier committed to selling off certain parts of its business as part of the agreement.MLMs
Protecting Utah’s direct sellers from pyramid fraudAn op-ed in the Desert News by Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, stresses the importance of the MLM business model to the Utah economy and notes the reason she is supporting legislation to protect MLM entrepreneurs is that these sellers deserve to know the difference between a legitimate direct-selling business and a pyramid scheme.PARTNERSHIPS
GNC unveils aggressive expansion plans for India with Guardian dealThe supplement retailer is rapidly expanding its presence in India after securing a major deal with pharmacy chain Guardian. GNC intends to increase its presence in multiple channels including e-commerce, retail and distribution.
Dupont expands microbiome research program, adds second partnership with fermentation specialistDuPont Nutrition & Health announced it is partnering with the Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies to explore new processes for producing “next generation” probiotics.
Spanish supplement decree promotes 'legal certainty' but ads to lack of EU harmonizationNew Spanish limits on the amount of non-vitamin and mineral nutrients added to food supplements will provide clarity for businesses over their legal status but add to the lack of uniformity throughout member states.
'Carb Blocker': U.K. agency rules against product’s name and social media adsThe U.K. Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a tweet and Instagram post advertising Protein World’s ‘Carb Blocker Capsules’ did not adhere to European nutrition health claims legislation, warning the company that the product name “Carb Blocker” cannot be used in advertising.RETAIL
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Walmart may be building drone army of robot bees to pollinate cropsWalmart has quietly filed a patent for robot bees that could be used to pollinate crops just like real bees—suggesting that the discount retail giant could be branching out into farming.BOTANICALS
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Can microbiome science and probiotic development drive sports nutrition gains?Insights gained from developments in microbiome science could have huge potential to boost sports performance through nutrition, with recent findings showing the make-up of our gut bacteria can help shape elite athletic performance and sports recovery.UNPA MEMBER NEWS
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Why ASEAN will be global boom region for supplements and nutrition productsThe vast potential for supplements, functional foods and high-value nutritional products in Southeast Asia has been underlined by a new report, which highlights them as "sunrise industries," namely, ones that are tipped to achieve considerable success.
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Omega-7 fatty acid anti-inflammatory, metabolic health benefits explored in newly published reviewThe first-of-its-kind review analyzed more than 40 existing studies on the potential immune and metabolic effects of palmitoleic acid.
Research indicates that high omega-6 levels can protect against premature deathA new study from the University of Eastern Finland suggests omega-6 fatty acids could help protect against premature death, as well as help keep cardiovascular diseases at bay.
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