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January 9, 2014

Consumers who purchase the ultra-rich Out of Africa Hand Cream — which is a natural formula made with 20% of unrefined shea butter — contribute 15 cents with each purchase to help provide education to women and children in West Africa.

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — Consumers who purchase the ultra-rich Out of Africa Hand Cream — which is a natural formula made with 20% of unrefined shea butter — contribute 15 cents with each purchase to help provide education to women and children in West Africa. A January relaunch will bring back the vanilla fragrance.

January 9, 2014

A pharmacy professor and compounding pharmacy owner are candidates for president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association for 2015-2016, the group said.

WASHINGTON — A pharmacy professor and compounding pharmacy owner are candidates for president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association for 2015-2016, the group said.

The APhA said the candidates for the position are Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy professor and community pharmacy residency program director Jean-Venable Goode and Newport Beach, Calif.-based Westcliff Compounding Pharmacy owner Michael Pavlovich. Members will have the opportunity to meet the candidates at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Fla., in March.

January 9, 2014

Bio-Oil, which hails from South Africa, has become a cult skin care product, thanks in large part to one special ingredient — PurCellin oil.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Bio-Oil, which hails from South Africa, has become a cult skin care product, thanks in large part to one special ingredient — PurCellin oil. The breakthrough ingredient changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy. And, with a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base, Bio-Oil helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

January 9, 2014

On a journey to bring fun and innovation to the hair accessories segment is TonyTail, which has more than 300 hair accessories and aims to add new products about every six months.

RAMON, Calif. — On a journey to bring fun and innovation to the hair accessories segment is TonyTail, which has more than 300 hair accessories and aims to add new products about every six months.

Products include its Mane Stain temporary hair color, which is simply brushed onto dry hair with an applicator; Clip-n-Dipped Ends, which are color-blended, faux-hair extensions; and iron-on jewels to add sparkle to hair.

January 9, 2014

Pacific World, the maker of SensatioNail gel polish, is bringing together the best of polish and the best of gel to create the new Fuse Gelnamel.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Pacific World, the maker of SensatioNail gel polish, is bringing together the best of polish and the best of gel to create the new Fuse Gelnamel.

The all-in-one formula delivers one coat coverage and anti-chip technology. And with the use of the LED lamp, it cures in just 30 seconds.

Beginning in January, Fuse Starter Kits and individual Gelnamel colors will be available for $29.99 and $9.99, respectively.

January 7, 2014

Employees will benefit from better coordination between their wellness programs and accountable care organization networks, according to as many as 92% of HR professionals recently surveyed by BioIQ.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Employees will benefit from better coordination between their wellness programs and accountable care organization networks, according to as many as 92% of HR professionals recently surveyed by BioIQ. 

BioIQ's fourth annual Wellness Trends survey, released Tuesday, also found that one-in-five HR professionals encourage their employees to engage with an ACO. 

January 6, 2014

Athena Cosmetics has resumed selling its signature product, RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, in the United States, the manufacturer has announced.

VENTURA, Calif. — Athena Cosmetics has resumed selling its signature product, RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, in the United States, the manufacturer has announced.

January 6, 2014

Diabetic users of an online patient portfolio for medication refills improved their adherence to cholesterol-lowering medications and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a new study.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Diabetic users of an online patient portfolio for medication refills improved their adherence to cholesterol-lowering medications and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a new study.

January 6, 2014

Supermarket chain Raley's Family of Fine Stores has hired an Austin, Texas-based company to help it launch a new social media rewards program.

AUSTIN, Texas — Supermarket chain Raley's Family of Fine Stores has hired an Austin, Texas-based company to help it launch a new social media rewards program.

January 3, 2014

Razer, a producer of high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphone designed for entertainment.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Razer, a producer of high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems announced the Razer Adaro series, a new line of headphone designed for entertainment. 

December 27, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an HIV pill made by Gilead Sciences for patients who are switching from other therapy regimens, the company said.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved an HIV pill made by Gilead Sciences for patients who are switching from other therapy regimens, the company said.

Gilead said the FDA approved its single-pill regimen, Complera (emtricitabine; rilpivirine; tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) for use in adult patients who have suppressed their infections on stable antiretroviral regimens and are replacing their current regimens. The FDA originally approved the drug in 2011.

December 27, 2013

Regulators in Canada have given a maker of health kiosks the green light to start marketing its products there.

MONROVIA, Calif. — Regulators in Canada have given a maker of health kiosks the green light to start marketing its products there.

Stayhealthy said Health Canada's Medical Devices Bureau had granted it a license to sell its HealthCenter Kiosk, models 650 and 650-C. The kiosks measure blood pressure, heart rate, total body weight, body-mass index, total body composition and vision and can incorporate data on blood glucose.

December 23, 2013

This year's influenza virus is beginning its prominence in the South, as Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas reported high influenza-like illness activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

ATLANTA — This year's influenza virus is beginning its prominence in the South, as Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas reported high influenza-like illness activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. 

Oklahoma reported moderate ILI activity. 

For those who got a flu shot this year, so far they appear to be well protected. 

CDC has antigenically characterized 317 influenza viruses, including 265 2009 H1N1 viruses, 46 influenza A (H3N2) viruses and 6 influenza B viruses since Oct. 1. 

December 20, 2013

Health kiosks made by SoloHealth are being used about 40 million times per year, the company said Friday.

ATLANTA — Health kiosks made by SoloHealth are being used about 40 million times per year, the company said Friday.

The kiosk maker said its SoloHealth Stations around the country had an average of 10 million users per quarter, or almost 130,000 per day, with Texas, Florida, California, Georgia and North Carolina leading other states. The numbers were based on "consumer engagements," which refers to a consumer taking at least one test per session. There are currently at least 3,500 of the kiosks in the market.

December 20, 2013

Kao — whose brands include Jergens, Biore and John Frieda — has announced several executive appointments, including the appointment of Paul Nunnari as president of Kao Canada, effective Jan. 1.

CINCINNATI — Kao — whose brands include Jergens, Biore and John Frieda — has announced several executive appointments, including the appointment of Paul Nunnari as president of Kao Canada, effective Jan. 1.

Succeeding Nunnari is John Sullivan, who has been named VP sales for Kao USA, effective Jan. 1.

December 20, 2013

With the announcement of its first-quarter results, Walgreens continues to fire on all cylinders of its straight-three engine.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With the announcement of its first-quarter results, Walgreens continues to fire on all cylinders of its straight-three engine, including advancements across its Well Experience store base, the continued transformation of its pharmacy operations to better meet the needs of today's evolving healthcare system and the further establishment of a global supply chain to drive economies of scale. 

December 18, 2013

Actelion has launched a topical gel used to treat a kind of skin cancer, the company said.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Actelion has launched a topical gel used to treat a kind of skin cancer, the company said.

Actelion announced the launch of Valchlor (mechlorethamine), which the Food and Drug Administration approved in August for treating stage 1A and 1B mycosis fungoides-type cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in patient who have received skin-directed therapy before. Actelion acquired rights to the drug when it merged with Ceptaris Therapeutics. Accredo Specialty Pharmacy distributes the drug in the United States.

December 18, 2013

Blue Diamond Growers, an almond processing and marketing company, announced the results of a recent national survey by Harris Interactive which provided a closer look at Americans' New Year's resolutions.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Blue Diamond Growers, an almond processing and marketing company, announced the results of a recent national survey by Harris Interactive which provided a closer look at Americans' New Year's resolutions.

Nearly 75% of Americans will focus on healthier eating and improving fitness, according to the survey. The results also revealed that almost a quarter of Americans will ultimately fail to keep those resolutions for more than three months.

December 18, 2013

For peanut butter cup lovers, the New Year will mark not only a fresh start but also a chance to dig into Butterfinger's newest confection.

GLENDALE, Calif. — For peanut butter cup lovers, the New Year will mark not only a fresh start but also a chance to dig into Butterfinger's newest confection. The new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, which offers a fresh spin on the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo, are now shipping to stores nationwide and will be available beginning in January.

December 13, 2013

Safeway on Friday announced a comprehensive initiative to make its online grocery shopping website more accessible and usable for Safeway shoppers with visual impairments.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced a comprehensive initiative to make its online grocery shopping web site more accessible and usable for Safeway shoppers with visual impairments. The site enhancements are the result of collaboration between Safeway and several visually impaired customers.  

Safeway has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 level AA as its accessibility standard and has already made significant enhancements to its online shopping website to meet this standard and will continue to do so over the next year.

December 11, 2013

Reimbursement cuts to California's state Medicaid program are the subject of a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Reimbursement cuts to California's state Medicaid program are the subject of a lawsuit filed last week in San Francisco.

The Professional Pharmacy Alliance and the California Korean American Pharmacists Association filed suit against the California Department of Health Care Services in San Francisco Superior Court over an across-the-board 10% cut in 2011 to the reimbursement rates for most providers under the program, known as Medi-Cal.

December 11, 2013

Safeway on Tuesday evening announced the appointment of Brian Baer to president of the company's Eastern Division.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Tuesday evening announced the appointment of Brian Baer to president of the company's Eastern Division.

"Brian's proven management skills and experience will serve our customer base well in the Eastern Division," stated Kelly Griffith, Safeway EVP retail operations.

December 10, 2013

Personalized medicine is on the horizon, and patients are not only awaiting it optimistically, but they also are willing to share a bit of personal information when it comes, according to a new study released Monday commissioned by Intel.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Personalized medicine is on the horizon, and patients are not only awaiting it optimistically, but they also are willing to share a bit of personal information when it comes, according to a new study released Monday commissioned by Intel. 

December 6, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for hepatitis C made by Gilead Sciences, the drug maker said Friday.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for hepatitis C made by Gilead Sciences, the drug maker said Friday.

December 6, 2013

Safeway on Friday announced that its board of directors met yesterday and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced that its board of directors met yesterday and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. 

The cash dividend will be payable on Jan. 9 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 19.

Safeway operates 1,406 stores in the United States and had annual sales of $37.5 billion in 2012.