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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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US Probiotics Market Stirs With Chobani Beverages, Danone, Sofar And Plexus Blends For Kids

Chobani introduces Chobani Probiotic, its first functional probiotics beverage to support digestive and immune health; Danone North America extends its Danimals children’s yogurt line with products to support immune system; and Plexus Worldwide and Sofar Americas roll out children’s probiotics.

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HBW Executive Decisions: VSI And Mydecine CMOs, Branded Legacy CEO, Rooted Hemp Backs Racer

Vitamin Shoppe names Muriel Gonzalez chief merchandising and marketing officer; Branded Legacy board member Jermaine Strong replaces CEO Ryan Medico; former Red Bull marketing head Gunning joins Mydecine; and CBD edibles, topicals firm sponsors X-Games athlete.

Appointments Dietary Supplements

US GAO Review Of FDA’s OTC Drug Oversight Signals Waiting For Monograph Reform Benefits

Benefits of OTC monograph reform legislation passed in March likely will take at least several years, according to GAO report to Congress. It notes the FDA still is analyzing the legislation and it may need two years to add and train staff.

OTC Drugs FDA

Making Some Supplements Eligible For US Pre-Tax Savings Accounts Proposed Again In Congress

Dietary supplements would be covered in pre-tax health savings accounts under Senate legislation. Industry groups say the health and economic impact of COVID-19 makes including supplements in the accounts more important. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Legislation

NPA In Coalition Pushing For Pandemic Tax Credit In Next US Economic Stimulus Package

NPA part of broad coalition of industry groups asking Congress to provide a tax credit in the next stimulus package to help businesses absorb cost related to COVID-19 safety precautions. NPA notes in a 6 August release that those costs will amount to about $13,595 annually for natural products marketers.

Legislation Dietary Supplements

Safety First For Perrigo In CBD Market; ‘Long-Term’ Play Starts With Clinical Trials

Perrigo’s clinical trials on CBD likely will take years before resulting products help bring order to the market. During earnings presentation, CEO Murray Kessler says the trials aren’t intended to establish claims for CBD but are more a long-term effort to provide data to FDA.

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