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October 6, 2011

Gilead Sciences has signed an agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim to gain exclusive worldwide rights to research, develop and commercialize BI's novel anti-retroviral compounds.

FOSTER CITY, Calif., and INGELHEIM, Germany — Gilead Sciences has signed an agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim to gain exclusive worldwide rights to research, develop and commercialize BI's novel anti-retroviral compounds.

Under the terms of the agreement, Gilead will pay the German drug maker an upfront payment and possibly will receive additional payments based upon the achievement of certain development, regulatory and commercial milestones, as well as royalties on future net sales, the companies said.

October 4, 2011

Blue Diamond, known for its almond-based food products, announced that it is moving ahead with its expansion strategy by purchasing 88 acres of land in Turlock, Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Blue Diamond, known for its almond-based food products, announced that it is moving ahead with its expansion strategy by purchasing 88 acres of land in Turlock, Calif.

Blue Diamond said the Turlock location will help the company meet its increasing global market opportunities and crop supply. The capacity expansion plan includes ongoing operations at the Sacramento and Salida, Calif.-based plants with upgrades planned at both facilities.

October 4, 2011

Meet the Moment, a Clif Bar program celebrating athletic adventures and the places where they happen, culminated this past weekend with a National Day of Action, a day of volunteer activities to improve outdoor areas.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Meet the Moment, a Clif Bar program celebrating athletic adventures and the places where they happen, culminated this past weekend with a National Day of Action, a day of volunteer activities to improve outdoor areas.

October 4, 2011

Clif Kid on Tuesday announced that its Full Moon Brownie Zbar, will be available for a limited time for families looking to give trick-or-treaters something a little more healthy this Halloween.

EMERVYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Kid on Tuesday announced that its Full Moon Brownie Zbar, will be available for a limited time for families looking to give trick-or-treaters something a little more healthy this Halloween. Full Moon Brownie combines a chocolate brownie with white chocolate chips in a snack bar made with organic ingredients and baked whole grains, plus 12 vitamins and minerals specific for kids.

October 4, 2011

Growing numbers of Americans with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are driving innovation among drug makers, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Growing numbers of Americans with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are driving innovation among drug makers, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

October 3, 2011

Safeway on Monday named Portland, Ore., as the winner of its "America's Most Natural City" contest and will donate $20,000 and 25 picnic tables constructed from the Guinness World Record holder for the world's longest picnic table.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday named Portland, Ore., as the winner of its "America's Most Natural City" contest and will donate $20,000 and 25 picnic tables constructed from the Guinness World Record holder for the world's longest picnic table.

The contest was inspired by Safeway's commitment to 100% natural products with its new Open Nature line, the grocer stated.

September 30, 2011

Noah's Sparkling Spring Water has debuted new flavors and packaging for its beverages.

CHICAGO — Noah's Sparkling Spring Water has debuted new flavors and packaging for its beverages.

The company said in addition to its original flavor, the sparkling spring water now is available in lime, blueberry pomegranate and peach mango. What's more, the drinks also will make their debut in 12-oz. Rexam Sleek cans. Previously, Noah's Sparkling Spring Water only was packaged in glass bottles.

Noah's Sparkling Spring Waters are currently available at select retail locations in California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah with plans to drive expansion across the country.

September 29, 2011

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy will open location No. 24 in Carlsbad, Calif., on Oct. 22, the chain announced Thursday.

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy will open location No. 24 in Carlsbad, Calif., on Oct. 22, the chain announced Thursday.

September 28, 2011

Glad has expanded its GladWare containers line with items ideal for lunch and snacks.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Glad has expanded its GladWare containers line with items ideal for lunch and snacks.

New Glad To Go lunch and snack containers, in 32-oz. and 24-oz. sizes, respectively, feature a small 1.5-oz. cup that snaps into the lid so you can carry single portions of salad dressing and sauces without worrying about spills or soggy foods, Glad said.

September 27, 2011

LiveWire Energy on Tuesday announced the line extension of its energy chews with three new flavors: cinnamon fire, sour apple and dark roast coffee.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — LiveWire Energy on Tuesday announced the line extension of its energy chews with three new flavors: cinnamon fire, sour apple and dark roast coffee. LiveWire Energy chews are a portable and pocket-sized alternative to energy drinks or shots.

September 26, 2011

Cap-n-Lock has launched an easy way for people taking prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of children and teenagers.

LINCOLN, Calif. — Cap-n-Lock has launched an easy way for people taking prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of children and teenagers.

The company announced Monday the launch of the Locking Cap, a combination locking cap designed to work with existing prescription medication bottles. The cap is designed for ease of use, combining sturdy PVC construction with a four-digit combination locking mechanism.

September 26, 2011

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the latest “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” DVD on Jan. 3, 2012.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the latest “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!” DVD on Jan. 3, 2012.

September 22, 2011

Two drug makers have entered a collaboration for novel biologics programs in diabetes and heart failure.

PRINCETON, N.J., and LA JOLLA, Calif. — Two drug makers have entered a collaboration for novel biologics programs in diabetes and heart failure.

Under the partnership, Bristol-Myers Squibb will receive exclusive worldwide rights to research, develop and commercialize biologics, based on research by Ambrx of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF-21) protein and relaxin hormone, which potentially can treat Type 2 diabetes and heart failure, respectively.

September 22, 2011

Walmart is taking its commitment to renewable energy to new levels in California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Walmart is taking its commitment to renewable energy to new levels in California.

The chain announced plans to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in the Golden State. The initiative, done in partnership with SolarCity, expands the company’s solar portfolio to more than 75% of its locations in California.

September 21, 2011

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles said they have found a possible link between two new drugs for Type 2 diabetes and cancers of the pancreas and thyroid, according to a new study published in the journal Gastroenterology.

LOS ANGELES — Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles said they have found a possible link between two new drugs for Type 2 diabetes and cancers of the pancreas and thyroid, according to a new study published in the journal Gastroenterology.

The researchers, at UCLA's Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center, examined incidents reported in the Food and Drug Administration's adverse event database between 2004 and 2009 among patients using Byetta (exenatide), made by Eli Lilly and Amylin Pharmaceuticals, and Merck's Januvia (sitagliptin).

September 20, 2011

Clif Bar is gearing up for the holiday season with a new limited-edition flavor.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar is gearing up for the holiday season with a new limited-edition flavor.

Peppermint stick joins spiced pumpkin pie and iced gingerbread limited-edition flavors, Clif Bar said. All three flavors are available nationwide (while supplies last) for a suggested retail price of $1.39.

September 20, 2011

Customers have higher expectations of shorter wait times and expect more from the pharmacist and pharmacy staff, according to a new survey released Tuesday by J.D. Power and Associates.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Customers have higher expectations of shorter wait times and expect more from the pharmacist and pharmacy staff, according to a new survey released Tuesday by J.D. Power and Associates.

September 19, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new uses for a drug made by Amgen, the drug maker said Monday.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new uses for a drug made by Amgen, the drug maker said Monday.

Amgen announced the approval of the biotech drug Prolia (denosumab) for increasing bone mass in men and women who are at risk of fractures due to hormone ablation treatments they are receiving for prostate and breast cancer, respectively.

September 15, 2011

Clif Bar on Thursday will begin rewarding college students who follow the brand through social media with a Clif Bar Energy Pack that includes Clif Bar bars, fitness tips, water bottles and other items for outdoor recreation.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar on Thursday will begin rewarding college students who follow the brand through social media with a Clif Bar Energy Pack that includes Clif Bar bars, fitness tips, water bottles and other items for outdoor recreation.

“Clif Bar wants college students to know that getting outdoors for an active study break isn’t just a good idea for physical health, but can help you stay mentally sharp in the classroom," said Carly Lutz, brand director at Clif brands.

September 15, 2011

The use of over-the-counter medicines as a cost savings tool is catching on, of all places, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The use of over-the-counter medicines as a cost savings tool is catching on, of all places, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Certain plans under Medicare are utilizing a new prepaid card of sorts to allow members to pay for their OTC medicines. Medicaid administrators, meanwhile, are employing that same card to incentivize healthier behavior among its members.

September 15, 2011

Fresh & Easy has doubled the number of stores in the Long Beach, Calif., market with the opening of two new locations.

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Fresh & Easy has doubled the number of stores in the Long Beach, Calif., market with the opening of two new locations.

The stores, which opened Wednesday, are located at the intersections of Long Beach Blvd. and 5th St., and Atlantic Ave. and 33rd Ave.

September 15, 2011

Without magnesium, calcium supplements increase risk of heart attacks, according to a meta-analysis recently conducted by Carolyn Dean, medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.

ORANGE, Calif. — Without magnesium, calcium supplements increase risk of heart attacks, according to a meta-analysis recently conducted by Carolyn Dean, medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.

"If we consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, the excess calcium is not utilized correctly and may actually become toxic, causing painful conditions, such as some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease," Dean said.

September 15, 2011

Wal-Mart Stores marked a major investment in social media and marketing with the announcement Wednesday that its technology unit @WalmartLabs has acquired mobile and social advertising firm OneRiot.

BRISBANE, Calif. — Wal-Mart Stores marked a major investment in social media and marketing with the announcement Wednesday that its technology unit @WalmartLabs has acquired mobile and social advertising firm OneRiot.

September 14, 2011

Walgreens on Wednesday announced that it ranked 29th on this year’s InformationWeek 500, a list of the top technology innovators in the United States.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday announced that it ranked 29th on this year’s InformationWeek 500, a list of the top technology innovators in the United States. Additionally, Walgreens was the highest-ranked company in the retail/general merchandising category. The annual list was unveiled at last night’s InformationWeek 500 conference in California.

September 13, 2011

Impax Labs has hit a roadblock in its attempt to market a generic version of a symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia drug.

HAYWARD, Calif. — Impax Labs has hit a roadblock in its attempt to market a generic version of a symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia drug.