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March 13, 2019 New lawsuit targets Prevagen, challenges claims that the supplement to improve memory Updated: 1:48 PM Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A popular supplement that claims to boost memory is the target of a new lawsuit. The supplement called Prevagen is sold in nearly every major retail store in the country, but critics say it’s worthless.In advertisements on TV and online, the manufacturer of Prevagen says the product will support a “sharper mind,” “clearer thinking” and “healthy brain function.”The product label says that clinical tests demonstrated some improvements in cognitive function in as little as 90 days.However, the plaintiffs in a class action suit fled in Texas in late February said those claims are false, deceptive and designed to “dupe consumers ” into buying a supplement that has no effect on the brain.Prevagen contains a synthetic protein called apoaequorin, modeled on a protein found in jellyfish.Dr. Neal Devaraj, a biochemist at the University of California San Diego said a protein taken orally would be broken down in the digestive process before it could reach the bloodstream. Since apoaequorin is a large water soluble protein, Devaraj said it would be unlikely for it to pass the barrier from the bloodstream into the brain.Even though many may question the scientific basis for Prevagen’s claims, the manufacturer is still permitted to make its claims through its commercials, on the product package and on the bottle itself. Miro Copic, a professor of marketing at San Diego State University said that products marketed as dietary supplements face much less regulatory oversight.“The dietary supplement space is kind of the ‘Wild, Wild West,’ ” Copic said. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, Prevagen isn’t subject to review by the Food and Drug Administration.The supplements are covered by a 1994 law that’s less protective of consumers.In the stores we visited, we found that the product was nearly sold out. A bottle of the extra strength formula sells for $60 a bottle, for a 30 day supply.Two years ago, the company that makes Prevagen was sued by the Federal Trade Commission. In its defense, Quincy Bioscience, based in Madison, Wisconsin argued that it had performed clinical trials to support its claims.The FTC countered that the initial studies were inconclusive. However, the judge hearing the case ruled in Prevagen’s favor, after the supplement maker went back to the data, and selectively picked data subgroups to support its marketing claims.While Prevagen prevailed in that 2017 case, last month a federal appeals court overturned the decision, setting the stage for the latest lawsuit. Copic said the suit poses challenges for the plaintiffs.“You’re not being forced to buy this. It’s not a prescription.They’re making no claims that it will help you specifically. That’s why a lot of times, lawsuits in this arena are really hard to win,” Copic said.Quincy Bioscience declined our request for an interview about the lawsuit.A company spokesperson told us, “Nevertheless, we believe the claims are baseless and we will continue to fight these allegations on behalf of the millions of consumers who take Prevagen every day to improve their memory.”The class action lawsuit filed several weeks ago is seeking reimbursement for the amount the class members spent on Prevagen and the difference between Prevagen and the market price of generic protein pills of a similar quantity and type. Posted: March 13, 2019
A union parishad member was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Hamid Member alias Dakat Hamid, 45, a member from ward-5 of Sadar union parishad and son of late Abul Hashim of Maheshkhalia in the upazila.According to police, Hamid was accused in 12 cases filed on different charges, including human trafficking, murder, and possessing firearms and drugs.Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf model police station, said a police team, led by sub-inspector Sujit Chandra Dey, conducted a drive in Maheshkhalia area around 3:30pm on Monday and arrested Hamid.Around 1:00am, they conducted another drive at Maheshkhalia Noughat along with Hamid to recover firearms and yaba pills, he said.When police reached the spot, Hamid’s cohorts opened fire on them forcing them to retaliate which triggered a gunfight, the OC said, adding that he was caught in the line of fire at one stage.Hamid was taken to Teknaf Health Complex where the physicians referred him to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for better treatment.However, he succumbed to his injuries around 3:40am.Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight, Pradip claimed, adding that they recovered 4 LGs and 6,000 yaba pills from the spot.
The Films and Theatre Society offers audiences a five-day Winter Theatre Festival as a New Year’s present featuring some blockbuster performances. The festival that spans from January 8 to 26, will be held at the Capital’s Kamani Auditorium in Mandi house and it will see Rakesh Bedi, set the stage on fire with his famous play Massage in which he plays as many as 24 different characters as the festival opens. And the curtains will be drawn by play Kahani Teri Meri starring legendary actor and costume designer Dolly Ahluwalia. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The interesting feature of this festival as is that all the plays are of different genres. After Massage on January 8, one will witness an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice, called Saudagar followed by Wo Lahore, A family drama set up in the times of partition and Draupadi, an all-woman musical drama depicting the story of world’s most blessed as well as most-cursed woman. “In the last five years, our aim has been to present before our audiences a different play and this festival confirms it. We have roped in Dolly Mam as Boodhi Kaaki in my play Kahani Teri Meri, earlier known as Koobar aur Kaaki and getting to see Dolly mam perform live on stage is a chance not everyone gets. She lives her character,” says Atul Satya Koushik, the director of the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“We make sure that we are taking our plays to various cities like Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chandigarh and as we move around, we realize that even Delhi is missing out on some amazing performances in those cities. That’s how we got the idea to invite Rakesh Bedi’s play Massage to our festival,” adds Koushik, who is also the writer-director of 15 plays produced by the society.Massage, a two-act play, is a monologue in which Rakesh Bedi portrays several characters which can be seen vividly as the play progresses. Written by one of the most prolific and hard-hitting writers of modern India, Vijay Tendulkar, Massage tries to peep into the underbelly of today’s society through the escapades of Happy Kumar, who comes to join the film industry to become an actor while Saudagar is an Indian adaptation of one of the most famous plays of William Shakespeare – Merchant of Venice. This adaptation is peculiar for recreating quintessential Shakespearian moods on stage in an Indian set-up. Wo Lahore, a musical drama, is set in the middle of twentieth century’s India which has been the most-written, most-performed and most-talked-about part of Indian history. This is a story of an ordinary woman, a mother of three sons, who tries to keep her family intact amongst everything that is happening around. This play shows the internal conflicts and turmoil prevailing in an ordinary Indian family with the struggle for freedom, social beliefs of those times and the then partition in the backdrop.Draupadi has always been a celebrated character of the epic of Mahabharata and many myths, conventions and perceptions have been associated with her in various versions of her life’s story. This plays takes excerpts from the story of Draupadi as known to everybody and adds to it some imaginative sequences to bring out the real essence of association between Draupadi and today’s women. Kahani Teri Meri, earlier known as Koobar aur Kaaki, is an amalgamation of Munshi Premchand’s Boodhi Kaaki and Dharamveer Bharti’s Gulki Banno. Atul Satya Koushik has merged the two stories in such a way that their essence and the exquisiteness remain unharmed. The vision and mission of the director transcends the stories to an incredible level. The play depicts the various desires of human beings.When : January 8 to 26 Where: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House