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November 6, 2013

Braun, a member of the Procter & Gamble Beauty and Grooming family of brands, has introduced its latest shaving innovation, the CoolTec electric shaver.

CINCINNATI — Braun, a member of the Procter & Gamble Beauty and Grooming family of brands, has introduced its latest shaving innovation, the CoolTec electric shaver.

While most electric shavers allow heat to build up uncomfortably in the shaver head, CoolTec was engineered with an aluminium cooling bar that continuously removes heat from the shaver head. The shaver’s design elements ensure a noticeable reduction in the signs of dry shaving irritation, including burning, itching, redness, skin tension and warmth, the company stated.

November 6, 2013

Cockroaches and rodents are common allergy and asthma triggers in the wintertime, according to a statement released Tuesday by the National Pest Management Association.

FAIRFAX, Va. — Cockroaches and rodents are common allergy and asthma triggers in the wintertime, according to a statement released Tuesday by the National Pest Management Association. 

Citing the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, NPMA reported that cockroach allergens are present in 63% of American homes and mouse allergens in 82%. The number of homes containing cockroach allergens increases to as many as 78% to 98%, respectively, in urban areas.

November 5, 2013

Japonesque, a maker of makeup brushes and accessories, has announced its foray into the world of color. The new Japonesque color collection debuted in 220 Ulta Beauty stores on Oct. 27.

NEW YORK — Japonesque, a maker of makeup brushes and accessories, has announced its foray into the world of color. The new Japonesque color collection debuted in 220 Ulta Beauty stores on Oct. 27.

An additional 150 Ulta Beauty stores are expected to carry the collection throughout 2013 and 2014 as the retailer continues to expand and open new stores.

October 30, 2013

After 10 years serving the professional market with products containing ingredients naturally derived from eggs to topically treat severe skin conditions, Fortitude Health has launched its HealFast SkinCare to the consumer marketplace.

PINE BROOK, N.J.  — After 10 years serving the professional market with products containing ingredients naturally derived from eggs to topically treat severe skin conditions, Fortitude Health has launched its HealFast SkinCare to the consumer marketplace.

October 28, 2013

Blistex expanded its product portfolio in October with the launch of two new lip balms — Nurture and Nourish and Lip Vibrance.

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Blistex expanded its product portfolio in October with the launch of two new lip balms — Nurture and Nourish and Lip Vibrance.

October 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of a drug made by Genentech for rheumatoid arthritis that can be injected into the skin.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of a drug made by Genentech for rheumatoid arthritis that can be injected into the skin.

Genentech announced the approval of a subcutaneous formulation of Actemra (tocilizumab) in adults for adults with moderate RA who have not found sufficient relief by taking such disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs as methotrexate. Like the intravenous formulation of Actemra, the new version can be used alone or with drugs like methotrexate.

October 22, 2013

Mission Pharmacal Co. has announced the launch of prescription-only Aquoral, a dry-mouth relief oral spray that promises to moisten and lubricate the mouth for up to four hours.

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal Co. has announced the launch of prescription-only Aquoral, a dry-mouth relief oral spray that promises to moisten and lubricate the mouth for up to four hours.

October 17, 2013

Bi-Lo and Dole have joined forces to help raise money for an anti-hunger campaign begun by a 9-year-old girl who donated her 40-lb. cabbage to a soup kitchen to feed the hungry, the companies announced Thursday.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bi-Lo and Dole have joined forces to help raise money for an anti-hunger campaign begun by a 9-year-old girl who donated her 40-lb. cabbage to a soup kitchen to feed the hungry, the companies announced Thursday. Through Oct. 22, Bi-Lo is donating five cents to Katie’s Krops each time a customer purchases three or more pounds of Dole bananas at any location.

October 17, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Novo Nordisk for treating hemophilia A, the Danish drug maker said.

BAGSVÆRD, Denmark — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Novo Nordisk for treating hemophilia A, the Danish drug maker said.

Novo Nordisk announced the approval of Novoeight (turoctocog alfa), a recombinant coagulation factor VIII, for adults and children with hemophilia, a disease caused by factor VIII deficiency that results in uncontrollable bleeding.

October 16, 2013

Lansinoh Laboratories is expanding its product offering with six new items for mass outlets in 2014, which are being introduced this week at the ABC Kids Expo, the company announced Wednesday.

LAS VEGAS — Lansinoh Laboratories is expanding its product offering with six new items for mass outlets in 2014, which are being introduced this week at the ABC Kids Expo, the company announced Wednesday.  

The items are inspired by Lansinoh's new Pump-Store-Feed system, and are designed to make breastfeeding as convenient as possible. The new products include two breast pumps and a redesign of the Lansinoh mOmma bottle. 

October 14, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Antares Pharma for treating rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, the drug maker said Monday.

EWING, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Antares Pharma for treating rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, the drug maker said Monday.

October 10, 2013

Category saturation and competition from private label may be inhibiting sales growth within the sun care segment, but infusing additional skin care benefits, like antioxidants, and targeting such demographic groups as men and multicultural consumers could help brighten sales.

Category saturation and competition from private label may be inhibiting sales growth within the sun care segment, but infusing additional skin care benefits, like antioxidants, and targeting such demographic groups as men and multicultural consumers could help brighten sales.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

October 8, 2013

Topical BioMedics recently announced distribution through CVS/pharmacy for its Topricin Foot Therapy Cream, a homeopathic topical treatment for pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy that is safe for diabetics.

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Topical BioMedics recently announced distribution through CVS/pharmacy for its Topricin Foot Therapy Cream, a homeopathic topical treatment for pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy that is safe for diabetics.

October 3, 2013

Sam’s Club maintains its emphasis on health care this month with a health event tied in with breast cancer awareness.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club maintains its emphasis on health care this month with a health event tied in with breast cancer awareness.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sam's Club is offering free women's health screenings to members and non-members on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its 576 clubs that contain a pharmacy.

September 27, 2013

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is putting $7 million toward research into ways to speed repair of the nervous system in patients with MS, the organization said Friday.

NEW YORK — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is putting $7 million toward research into ways to speed repair of the nervous system in patients with MS, the organization said Friday.

September 26, 2013

Merck Consumer Care announced that Oxytrol for Women is now on shelf for the more than 20 million women suffering from overactive bladder.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck Consumer Care on Wednesday announced that Oxytrol for Women is now on shelf for the more than 20 million women suffering from overactive bladder. Oxytrol for Women is a thin, flexible patch that is discreetly applied to the abdomen, hip or buttock once every four days for the relief of overactive bladder in women. It is the first and only over-the-counter option that treats the OAB symptoms — urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency — which can take a physical and emotional toll on women.

September 24, 2013

Belgian drug maker Ablynx is licensing an experimental treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus to U.S. drug maker AbbVie in a deal worth up to $840 million.

GHENT, Belgium — Belgian drug maker Ablynx is licensing an experimental treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus to U.S. drug maker AbbVie in a deal worth up to $840 million, the companies said.

The two drug makers announced that AbbVie would license the drug ALX-0061 for an upfront payment of $175 million plus milestone payments worth up to $665 million, as well as royalties. The drug belongs to a class known as anti-interleukin-6R nanobodies, which work by targeting an immune-system protein pathway that plays a key role in the inflammation associated with RA.

September 13, 2013

ChapStick, part of the Pfizer portfolio of consumer brands, on Friday announced a new lip balm with advanced moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients.

Madison, N.J. — ChapStick, part of the Pfizer portfolio of consumer brands, on Friday announced a new lip balm with advanced moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients.

September 11, 2013

DSE Healthcare Solutions launched the Cystex "Your Bladder Matters" educational effort with a brand new original music video about the health benefits of Kegels, the discreet exercise that helps strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.

EDISON, N.J. — DSE Healthcare Solutions on Tuesday launched the Cystex "Your Bladder Matters" educational effort with a brand new original music video about the health benefits of Kegels, the discreet exercise that helps strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.

September 10, 2013

Media Enterprises scored big with the introduction of the As Seen on TV product Tag Away into the mass market.

TREVOSE. Pa. — Media Enterprises scored big with the introduction of the As Seen on TV product Tag Away into the mass market. Within its first year on shelf, the homeopathic solution that promises to remove skin tags naturally has generated more than $18.3 million. That makes Tag Away one of the more significant contributors to the 18.4% annualized growth within wart removers, which generated $125.2 million in overall sales for the 52 weeks ended July 14 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI data.

 
September 10, 2013

Sales of ear care products are booming, reaching $77.2 million, up 24.4%, for the 52 weeks ended July 14 across U.S. total multi-outlets, according to IRI. What was once considered a commodity category may be becoming more segmented.

Sales of ear care products are booming, reaching $77.2 million, up 24.4%, for the 52 weeks ended July 14 across U.S. total multi-outlets, according to IRI. What was once considered a commodity category may be becoming more segmented.

September 10, 2013

Implus has identified a niche need within foot care — plantar fasciitis.

DURHAM, N.C. — Implus has identified a niche need within foot care — plantar fasciitis. The Airplus Plantar Fasciitis Orthotic provides support for the plantar fascia and a gel cushion to help relieve heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that impacts 2 million people at any one time, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Some people are more prone to plantar fasciitis, say orthopedic foot and ankle doctors, including women, people who are overweight and workers who spend a lot of time walking or standing on hard surfaces.

September 10, 2013

This year's spring allergy season has been characterized by a late start. "The allergy season was very weak in February and March, and even the beginning of April [was] very weak," William Peters, CFO and VP finance for Hi-Tech Pharmacal, told analysts in July.

This year's spring allergy season has been characterized by a late start. "The allergy season was very weak in February and March, and even the beginning of April [was] very weak," William Peters, CFO and VP finance for Hi-Tech Pharmacal, told analysts in July. "June was more consistent with the previous year," he added.

September 5, 2013

Carma Labs, the maker of Carmex lip balms and skin care products, has announced the introduction of a fragrance-free healing cream, an alternative to the company’s fragranced Everyday Healing Cream product.

MILWAUKEE — Carma Labs, the maker of Carmex lip balms and skin care products, has announced the introduction of a fragrance-free healing cream, an alternative to the company’s fragranced Everyday Healing Cream product.

The new fragrance-free cream employs the same moisturzing formulation as the existing product to relieve dry skin using such ingredients as lanolin and petrolatum. 



September 5, 2013

Ahold USA banner Giant Food of Landover, Md., is marking Hunger Action Month in September with a food-collection program.

LANDOVER Md. — Ahold USA banner Giant Food of Landover, Md., is marking Hunger Action Month in September with a food-collection program.

Hunger Action Month boxes will be available for purchase at all of the banner's 169 stores for $10, containing eight Giant brand non-perishable foot items like pasta, sauce, canned chicken, noodles, canned fruit and more. The boxes will be donated to Feeding America food bank partners, including Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank and Food Bank of Delaware.