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Eileen Francis

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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Economic Adulteration Underscored In GAO Memory Supplements Study

Audit finds two of three memory supplements tested contain none or lower levels of active supplement than stated on labeling. In a report for current and previous  ranking minority members of Senate Special Committee on Aging, GAO points to continuing issues with economic adulteration for gingko biloba.

Dietary Supplements Regulation

ThermoLife Tries To Flex Litigation Muscle Against Nitrate Marketers In False Advertising Complaints

ThermoLife International files two false advertising complaints alleging competitors also marketing nitrate-based workout products deceive consumers and disparage its business. The company is seeking damages after setbacks in patent infringement complaints.

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Metric Weights For Probiotics Mislead But CFUs Inform, Say Industry Groups

Council for Responsible Nutrition, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and Natural Products Association urge FDA to allow colony forming units on probiotic product labels while nixing current labeling regulation’s allowance of metric weight, as the measurement does not reflect live microbials.

Dietary Supplements Regulation

Mandatory Recall Guidance Positions FDA For ‘Robust’ Use Of Authority

Final guidance on mandatory recall authority under FSMA specifies how FDA allows firms opportunities for voluntary recalls and evidence it may consider when deciding whether to mandate a recall. But a consumer advocacy group critical of FDA says the guidance adds nothing for protecting public health.

Dietary Supplements Regulation

Keystone Labs Court-Ordered To Halt OTC Drug Manufacturing; Cosmetics Not Affected, It Says

Keystone Labs agrees to cease manufacturing OTC drugs following a 2013 FDA warning letter and repeated GMP violations noted during inspections, including failure to investigate sources of contamination. Firm suggests it will continue making cosmetic hair- and skin-care formulas while outsourcing OTC product manufacturing.

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J&J's Supplement Step With Zarbees Helps Drive A Leap For Consumer Health Growth

Supplement brand being marketed to compete with OTC drugs, including J&J's own brands, in cough and cold and other categories helped J&J overall consumer health sales grow 9.7% to $440m in Q3. Oral care brands showed 3.2% worldwide growth to $384m, benefiting from recent launch of chewable Listerine Ready! Tabs.

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