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November 15, 2013

New cardiovascular health guidelines released this week could dampen the potential popularity of an up-and-coming class of cholesterol drugs, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — New cardiovascular health guidelines released this week could dampen the potential popularity of an up-and-coming class of cholesterol drugs, according to published reports.

November 14, 2013

Pleasant Kids announced on Thursday that it will enter into the water enhancer industry and is working with a national lab to create a new line of liquid, flavored water enhancers.

BURBANK, Calif. — Pleasant Kids announced on Thursday that it will enter into the water enhancer industry and is working with a national lab to create a new line of liquid, flavored water enhancers.

November 13, 2013

Greater use of statins in reducing the risk of high cholesterol is among the long-awaited new guidelines for treating lipid and weight disorders.

WASHINGTON — Greater use of statins in reducing the risk of high cholesterol is among the long-awaited new guidelines for treating lipid and weight disorders.

November 13, 2013

Nordic Naturals on Monday introduced Nordic Probiotic, an allergen-free probiotic that contains no dairy, wheat, gluten, corn or soy.

Watsonville, Calif. — Nordic Naturals on Monday introduced Nordic Probiotic, an allergen-free probiotic that contains no dairy, wheat, gluten, corn or soy. Packaged in 60-count bottles, the vegetarian capsules can be used by everyone, including individuals with digestive issues or food sensitivities, the company suggested. Nordic Probiotic is 100% vegetarian and non-GMO.

“This is important for 20% of Americans who experience some type of digestive discomfort regularly,” Keri Marshall, chief medical officer for Nordic Naturals said.

November 12, 2013

Hospira had sales of $1 billion in third quarter 2013, the generic drug maker said.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Hospira had sales of $1 billion in third quarter 2013, the generic drug maker said.

Hospira, which specializes in making generic injectable drugs, as well as biosimilars for the European market, said the sales figures for the quarter were a 1.4% increase over the $994 million in sales reported in third quarter 2012. Profits for the quarter were $84.5 billion, compared with $78.4 billion during the same period last year.

November 11, 2013

Shire will pay $4.2 billion to buy a drug maker specializing in treatments for rare diseases.

DUBLIN — Shire will pay $4.2 billion to buy a drug maker specializing in treatments for rare diseases.

Shire, headquartered in Ireland, said the $50-per-share acquisition of ViroPharma would strengthen its rare disease portfolio. Exton, Pa.-based ViroPharma's products include the hereditary angioedema drug Cinryze (C1 esterase inhibitor [human]) and Vancocin (vancomycin hydrochloride), used to treat Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea.

November 11, 2013

The voluntary action taken five years ago by manufacturers of cough and cold medicines — namely to no longer recommend the use of OTC cough-cold products in children under the age of 4 years unless directed to do so by a doctor — has worked, according to a study published Monday online by Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The voluntary action taken five years ago by manufacturers of cough and cold medicines — namely to no longer recommend the use of OTC cough-cold products in children under the age of 4 years unless directed to do so by a doctor — has worked, according to a study published Monday online by Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

November 11, 2013

As many as 56% of Americans who suffer from a cough or cold are still working out at the gym, jumping on public transportation and liberally shaking hands, according to a Mondelez survey in support of its Halls brand.

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — As many as 56% of Americans who suffer from a cough or cold are still working out at the gym, jumping on public transportation and liberally shaking hands, according to a Mondelez survey in support of its Halls brand. And 43% of Americans continue to go to work when they have a cough or cold. 

And it's not just sick people with unhealthy habits. According to the survey, 23% of healthy Americans make no effort to stay away from cough and cold sufferers.

November 8, 2013

Ahold USA is encouraging pork suppliers to start using open housing for pregnant sows by 2022, the supermarket retailer said Friday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA is encouraging pork suppliers to start using open housing for pregnant sows by 2022, the supermarket retailer said Friday.

The company, which owns the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains, as well as the Peapod online grocery service, said it wanted suppliers to transition from gestation crates to open housing, with the option of using gestation crates during appropriate times to keep sows and piglets healthy and safe.

November 8, 2013

With more than $7.2 million in sales for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 8, the landmark launch of Orasure Technologies’ OraQuick In-Home HIV test last year was a key driver behind the 11.7% growth in the home-test kit across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — With more than $7.2 million in sales for the 52 weeks ended Sept. 8, the landmark launch of Orasure Technologies’ OraQuick In-Home HIV test last year was a key driver behind the 11.7% growth in the home-test kit across U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test detects antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 with an oral swab, providing a confidential in-home testing option with results in as little as 20 minutes.

November 8, 2013

“If you want to know why we may not pick up some of your brands, it’s because it’s not where we’re going in our journey.” That’s a snippet of a story about a vendor meeting gone bad that Walgreens group VP beauty, personal care and seasonal Shannon Curtin shared during a recent presentation, “Co-creation and Innovation,” she gave at an event DSN co-hosted with the Mack Elevation Forum, “Seven Ideas to Create the Future.”

“If you want to know why we may not pick up some of your brands, it’s because it’s not where we’re going in our journey.”

November 7, 2013

Rok Stars, which is owned by hair care titan John Paul Dejoria and business partner Jonathan Kendrick, have agreed to acquire the privately held skin care line Marula. Rok Stars will immediately take over all day-to-day financial and production operations.

LOS ANGELES — Rok Stars, which is owned by hair care titan John Paul Dejoria and business partner Jonathan Kendrick, have agreed to acquire the privately held skin care line Marula. Rok Stars will immediately take over all day-to-day financial and production operations.
 
“We are excited to acquire a uniquely positioned skincare brand," stated Kendrick. "Marula fits perfectly within our John Paul Selects business philosophy of fostering eco-conscious, sustainable brands in support of local communities.”

November 6, 2013

Healthy Mama on Monday announced the launch of their full line of pregnancy-friendly OTC products in buybuy Baby stores.

NEW YORK — Healthy Mama on Monday announced the launch of their full line of pregnancy-friendly OTC products in Buybuy Baby stores. 

Healthy Mama is a complete brand developed to provide pregnant and nursing women with the safest solutions to such common ailments as aches and pains, lack of energy, nausea, indigestion, constipation and sleeplessness.

November 6, 2013

The Vitamin Shoppe is making significant investments into omnichannel retailing, CEO and director Anthony Truesdale told analysts during a conference call on Tuesday.

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe is making significant investments into omnichannel retailing, CEO and director Anthony Truesdale told analysts during a conference call on Tuesday. 

November 5, 2013

Smooth Gator recently launched its Smooth Gator's 60 Second Pain Relief, a cream made with all-natural oils including wintergreen, aloe vera and eucalyptus.

ODESSA, Fla. — Smooth Gator recently launched its Smooth Gator's 60 Second Pain Relief, a cream made with all-natural oils including wintergreen, aloe vera and eucalyptus.  

November 1, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new insulin pens made by Novo Nordisk, the Danish drug maker said Friday.

PLAINSBORO, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new insulin pens made by Novo Nordisk, the Danish drug maker said Friday.

Novo Nordisk announced the FDA approval of Novolog FlexTouch (insulin aspart [rDNA origin]) and Levemir FlexTouch (insulin detemir [rDNA origin]).

October 31, 2013

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug for treating cystic fibrosis for patients who have a specific genetic mutation, but that also treats the underlying cause of the disease rather than the disease itself.

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. — Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug for treating cystic fibrosis for patients who have a specific genetic mutation, but that also treats the underlying cause of the disease rather than the disease itself.

October 31, 2013

A personalized medicine company said a new study justifies clinical use of pharmacogenomic testing to help predict patients' response to psychiatric medications and improve treatment outcomes.

MASON, Ohio — A personalized medicine company said a new study justifies clinical use of pharmacogenomic testing to help predict patients' response to psychiatric medications and improve treatment outcomes.

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 30, 2013

STUF Men’s Defense, a skin care line just for guys, has announced that it is now being sold on Amazon.com.

BOCA RATON, Fla. — STUF Men’s Defense, a skin care line just for guys, has announced that it is now being sold on Amazon.com.

Commissioned by 11-time Olympic medalist Mark Spitz, STUF Men’s Defense is made from naturally produced ingredients, including combinations of herbs, antioxidants and vitamins, and the products do not contain any animal byproducts, mineral oils, parabens, colorants or phthalates.

October 30, 2013

The makers of Sudafed will allow sinus sufferers to join forces for a contest that will take place on the brand's Facebook page, thanks to a new app.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — The makers of Sudafed will allow sinus sufferers to join forces for a contest that will take place on the brand's Facebook page, thanks to a new app.

October 30, 2013

Vaccination of adolescents against whooping cough appears to result in fewer hospitalizations, according to a new study.

CINCINNATI — Vaccination of adolescents against whooping cough appears to result in fewer hospitalizations, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Michigan and published in the journal Pediatrics, found that hospitalizations for whooping cough, also known as pertussis, were lower than would be expected if they had not been inoculated.

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 25, 2013

Boiron on Thursday introduced a new pediatric cough-cold item to its lineup — Children’s Chestal Cold & Cough, a multi-symptom formula.

NEWTON SQUARE, Pa. — Boiron on Thursday introduced a new pediatric cough-cold item to its lineup — Children’s Chestal Cold & Cough, a multi-symptom formula. The new syrup targets such symptoms of the common cold as nasal and chest congestion, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and minor sore throat. It provides parents with an option that works naturally with their little one’s bodies for children ages 3 years and older after manufacturers of antihistamines and decongestants relabeled their products for children 4 years of age and older. 

October 25, 2013

Pure Encapsulations on Thursday introduced PureHeart Probiotic, the newest addition to the PureHeart Protocol: Screening + Supplements = Success line of nutritional supplements.

SUDBURY, Mass. — Pure Encapsulations on Thursday introduced PureHeart Probiotic, the newest addition to the PureHeart Protocol: Screening + Supplements = Success line of nutritional supplements. 

“With the proprietary probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242, PureHeart Probiotic offers evidence-based support from a new angle in clinical cardiology,” stated Kelly Heim, nutritional pharmacologist at Pure Encapsulations. “This exclusive formulation addresses basic aspects of lipid metabolism and vascular function.”