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July 2, 2013

i-Health unveiled its Estroven Weight Management, a supplement specifically formulated to address the physical changes of menopause plus deliver on a core benefit of helping peri/menopausal women manage their weight as they go through this stage of life.

CROMWELL, Conn. — i-Health on Monday unveiled its Estroven Weight Management, a supplement specifically formulated to address the physical changes of menopause plus deliver on a core benefit of helping peri/menopausal women manage their weight as they go through this stage of life.

July 2, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a gel formulation of a foot fungus drug made by Merz Pharmaceuticals, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a gel formulation of a foot fungus drug made by Merz Pharmaceuticals, according to published reports.

According to reports, the FDA approved a gel formulation of Merz's Naftin (naftifine), used to treat athlete's foot, known medically as tinea pedis.

A cream version of the drug is already approved, and the latest approval was based on two clinical trials of more than 1,700 patients, according to reports.

 

July 2, 2013

To address pet behavior issues, Sergeant's Pet Care Products has created a new product called Vetscription PetStop! behavior correction spray for dogs and cats that is available now at Walmart stores nationwide.

OMAHA, Neb. — To address pet behavior issues, Sergeant's Pet Care Products has created a new product called Vetscription PetStop! behavior correction spray for dogs and cats that is available now at Walmart stores nationwide.

July 2, 2013

Vidal Sassoon has developed the new Vidal Sassoon Pro Series line of hair brushes to help women achieve any hair style they desire with less fuss.

NEW YORK — Vidal Sassoon has developed the new Vidal Sassoon Pro Series line of hair brushes to help women achieve any hair style they desire with less fuss.

The new line includes: 
 
VSP1111, VSP1112
 — Carbon+Keratin brush collection

June 27, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved what's being called the first therapy of its kind to prevent bleeding episodes.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved what's being called the first therapy of its kind to prevent bleeding episodes.

The FDA announced Thursday the approval of Westlake Village, Calif.-based Baxter Healthcare Corp.'s Rixubis (coagulation factor IX [recombinant]) for patients with hemophilia B age 16 years and older. The treatment is used for controlling and preventing bleeding episodes, management of patients after surgery and routine use to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes.

June 26, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Astellas Pharma for treating fungal infections in children.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Astellas Pharma for treating fungal infections in children.

June 26, 2013

A redone Schnucks store will feature an expanded selection of gluten-free foods, the St. Louis-based supermarket chain said.

CENTRALIA, Ill. — A redone Schnucks store will feature an expanded selection of gluten-free foods, the St. Louis-based supermarket chain said.

Schnuck Markets said it was in the process of remodeling its store in Centralia, Ill., which would make room for expanded services. Among these are a larger number of gluten-free foods in grocery and frozen-food areas. The section featuring the products will go from four feet to 16 feet.

June 25, 2013

In women who have Type 2 diabetes and show signs of depression, vitamin D supplements significantly lowered blood pressure and improved their moods, according to a pilot study at Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing released Tuesday.

MAYWOOD, Ill. — In women who have Type 2 diabetes and show signs of depression, vitamin D supplements significantly lowered blood pressure and improved their moods, according to a pilot study at Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing released Tuesday. The study was presented at the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

Vitamin D even helped the women lose a few pounds.

June 21, 2013

Becton, Dickinson and Co. has launched a needle that it said would make insulin injections easier and faster for people with diabetes.

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Becton, Dickinson and Co. has launched a needle that it said would make insulin injections easier and faster for people with diabetes.

BD subsidiary BD Medical announced Friday the BD Ultra-Fine Nano 4-millimeter pen needle. The needle includes technology called EasyFlow, designed to aid faster and more comfortable injections, and product demonstrations will take place at the American Diabetes Association's 73rd annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, lasting through next Tuesday.

June 20, 2013

Under a new law, pharmacists in Indiana will be able to provide an expanded range of immunizations that includes human papillomavirus.

NEW YORK — Under a new law, pharmacists in Indiana will be able to provide an expanded range of immunizations that includes human papillomavirus.

June 20, 2013

Jamba Juice, in collaboration with specialty food manufacturer Inventure Foods, announced a new addition to its line of at-home smoothie mixes with Green Fusion, a blend of fruits and vegetables that offers a dose of vitamins and antioxidants.

PHOENIX — Jamba Juice Co., in collaboration with specialty food manufacturer Inventure Foods, Inc., announced today a new addition to its line of at-home smoothie mixes with Green Fusion, a blend of fruits and vegetables that offers a dose of vitamins and antioxidants.

June 19, 2013

The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, which could affect how healthcare professionals approach the issue, the group said at its annual meeting in Chicago.

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, which could affect how healthcare professionals approach the issue, the group said at its annual meeting in Chicago.

The new policy was one of several adopted in a day of voting at the meeting, and the group said it would now recognize obesity as a disease requiring treatment and prevention.

June 19, 2013

Designer Whey, a company that has formulated whey products for more than 20 years, today introduced the first in a series of solution-based products: Sustained Energy, a whey protein mix containing a blend of natural proteins, fiber and vitamins.

LOS ANGELES — Designer Whey, a company that has formulated whey products for more than 20 years, today introduced the first in a series of solution-based products: Sustained Energy, a whey protein mix containing a blend of natural proteins, fiber and vitamins that, the company says, synergistically provides balanced, sustained energy throughout the day.

June 19, 2013

Target Corp. is reaching out to Canadian customers preparing to send their children to summer camp with information and resources about allergies.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target Corp. is reaching out to Canadian customers preparing to send their children to summer camp with information and resources about allergies.

The mass merchandise retailer, which has lately made a major push into Canada with 48 stores around the country, said its pharmacists would be available to provide advice on allergies.

June 18, 2013

Bayer HealthCare, makers of the Contour Next portfolio of blood-glucose meters, and dLife Healthcare Solutions, a diabetes behavior change solution, have created and are working together to offer Eat Well, Test Well, a six-week food and nutrition program for people with diabetes available at no charge.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., and WESTPORT, Conn. — Bayer HealthCare, makers of the Contour Next portfolio of blood-glucose meters, and dLife Healthcare Solutions, a diabetes behavior change solution, have created and are working together to offer Eat Well, Test Well, a six-week food and nutrition program for people with diabetes. The Eat Well, Test Well program is available online at no charge and was developed to help educate and motivate people with diabetes to make healthier mealtime choices based on the results of blood-sugar testing as a guide.

June 18, 2013

Royalty Pharma will not buy Irish drug maker Elan Corp., the company said Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Royalty Pharma will not buy Irish drug maker Elan Corp., the company said Tuesday.

Royalty said it would withdraw a request for a review by the Irish Takeover Panel after Elan shareholders voted in favor of a share buyback. Elan said last week that it would begin a process of selling itself to Royalty, which had previously offered $13 per share for the company.

June 18, 2013

A new study, released in the current British Journal of Nutrition, showed that consuming peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast can control blood-sugar throughout most of the day, even after eating a high carbohydrate lunch. In addition to this "Second Meal Effect," peanuts and peanut butter caused a significant reduction in the desire to eat for up to 12 hours and a significant increase in the secretion of the hormone PYY that promotes satiety and feelings of fullness.

ALBANY, Ga. — A new study, released in the current British Journal of Nutrition, showed that consuming peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast can control blood-sugar throughout most of the day, even after eating a high-carbohydrate lunch. In addition to this "second meal effect," peanuts and peanut butter caused a significant reduction in the desire to eat for up to 12 hours and a significant increase in the secretion of the hormone PYY that promotes satiety and feelings of fullness.

June 18, 2013

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will spend up to $165 million to buy a company developing a drug to prevent viral respiratory infections.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will spend up to $165 million to buy a company developing a drug to prevent viral respiratory infections.

Teva said it would acquire MicroDose Therapeutx for $40 million, plus up to $125 million in milestone payments and sales milestones and royalties from its lead product, MDT-637, an inhaled treatment for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

June 17, 2013

Walgreens today announced a donation to the Pan American Health Organization to help make 35,000 doses of flu vaccine available to at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua, building upon a successful public-private initiative to help create greater access to seasonal flu vaccine in developing countries.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens today announced a donation to the Pan American Health Organization to help make 35,000 doses of flu vaccine available to at-risk populations in Laos and Nicaragua, building upon a successful public-private initiative to help create greater access to seasonal flu vaccine in developing countries.

June 14, 2013

Irish drug maker Elan Corp. said Friday it was looking to sell itself off to a New York-based company that invests in drug royalties after rejecting a previous offer.

DUBLIN — Irish drug maker Elan Corp. said Friday it was looking to sell itself off to a New York-based company that invests in drug royalties after rejecting a previous offer.

The company said it would start a process to be acquired by Royalty Pharma, but that shareholders should not put their shares up for sale into another, hostile takeover attempt by Royalty, in which Royalty offered more than $7.7 billion, or $13 per share, plus $2.50 in milestone payments. Elan has rejected that offer, made last week.

June 13, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Amgen for treating a rare and usually noncancerous bone tumor, the agency said Thursday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Amgen for treating a rare and usually noncancerous bone tumor, the agency said Thursday.

June 13, 2013

Forgiven Bottling Group earlier this month announced the launch of its alcohol metabolizer, Forgiven, formulated to help the body process alcohol more rapidly and thereby help alleviate ill effects associated with a hangover.

LAS VEGAS — Forgiven Bottling Group earlier this month announced the launch of its alcohol metabolizer, Forgiven, formulated to help the body process alcohol more rapidly and thereby help alleviate ill effects associated with a hangover. 

Forgiven's patented formulation includes organic acids, L-Cysteine and L-Glutamine, Rhodiola Rosea extract and vitamin B1. 

Forgiven is launching the new shot format in three flavors: grape, orange and tropical punch.

June 13, 2013

The Vitamin Shoppe on Thursday announced that June 22 the specialty retailer will host a "Share the Health" Expo.

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe on Thursday announced that June 22 the specialty retailer will host a "Share the Health" Expo.

June 12, 2013

Clif Bar and Co. launched its Sierra Trail Mix, the newest flavor in the company’s flagship product line.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar and Co. on Wednesday launched its Sierra Trail Mix, the newest flavor in the company’s flagship product line. 

Sierra Trail Mix is the first Clif Bar flavor made with sustainably grown cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and will display the frog seal on the package. The CLIF Bar portfolio now offers 17 great-tasting and distinctive flavors for athletes to push further with sustained energy.

June 12, 2013

More than 200 drugs are under development for cardiovascular disease, according to a drug industry trade group.

WASHINGTON — More than 200 drugs are under development for cardiovascular disease, according to a drug industry trade group.