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January 22, 2014

Red Carpet Manicure has announced the launch of Dazzling Gems, a collection of six gem-infused LED gel nail polishes.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Red Carpet Manicure has announced the launch of Dazzling Gems, a collection of six gem-infused LED gel nail polishes.
 
Launching for awards season, the new collection — available at Ulta Beauty Stores — is produced with gemstones ranging from emeralds to opals that are certified by the Gemology Appraisal Laboratory, the company stated. It marks the first time the brand has made its gem-infused polishes available at retail. The polishes are each sold separately for $11.99.  
 

January 22, 2014

A research study published this month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrated the effectiveness of a sterol/stanol ester softgel capsule for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in individuals with high cholesterol levels.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. —  A research study published this month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrated the effectiveness of a sterol/stanol ester softgel capsule for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in individuals with high cholesterol levels. 

January 22, 2014

Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck announced the availability of Brintellix (vortioxetine), a once-daily oral antidepressant for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. and Lundbeck on Tuesday announced the availability of Brintellix (vortioxetine) — a once-daily oral antidepressant for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults — in pharmacies across the United States.

“MDD continues to be a challenging condition to manage, and we are proud to make Brintellix available as a new treatment option for people struggling with major depression,” said Douglas Cole, president of Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.

January 21, 2014

Actavis confirmed that the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey found United States Patent No. 7,704,984 (the '984 Patent) to be valid and infringed by Lupin Pharmaceuticals and Amneal Pharmaceuticals Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) for generic versions of Actavis' Lo Loestrin Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets).

DUBLIN — Actavis last week confirmed that the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey found United States Patent No. 7,704,984 (the '984 Patent) to be valid and infringed by Lupin Pharmaceuticals and Amneal Pharmaceuticals Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) for generic versions of Actavis' Lo Loestrin Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets, ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets).  

Lo Loestrin Fe is a prescription birth control pill used for the prevention of pregnancy.

January 21, 2014

Vivus and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration has accepted a supplemental application that proposes to revise the Stendra (avanafil) prescribing information with efficacy and safety information from Study TA-501, entitled "A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Evaluation of Avanafil for On-Demand Treatment of Men with Erectile Dysfunction."

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Vivus and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has accepted a supplemental application that proposes to revise the Stendra (avanafil) prescribing information with efficacy and safety information from Study TA-501, entitled "A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Evaluation of Avanafil for On-Demand Treatment of Men with Erectile Dysfunction." 

The PDUFA date for the supplemental filing is Sept. 20, 2014.

January 20, 2014

Nordic Naturals earlier this year launched Omega Boost, featuring 525 mg of omega-3s per serving.

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals earlier this year launched Omega Boost, featuring 525 mg of omega-3s per serving. Sugar-free and sweetened with xylitol, Omega Boost is made from purified fish oil from anchovies and sardines, and offers fast absorption of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. Each 6-oz. bottle contains 35 servings, and has a convenient flip cap for easy pouring. 

January 17, 2014

Nuvo Research on Friday announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mallinckrodt's new drug application for Pennsaid (diclofenac sodium topical solution) 2%

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Nuvo Research on Friday announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mallinckrodt's new drug application for Pennsaid (diclofenac sodium topical solution) 2%.

January 15, 2014

Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration recommended healthcare professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended healthcare professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit. 

January 15, 2014

Pharmavite on Wednesday announced the expansion of its Nature Made Adult Gummies product line.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite on Wednesday announced the expansion of its Nature Made Adult Gummies product line. The line extension will include Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi + Omega-3, Nature Made Adult Gummies Energy B12 and Nature Made Adult Gummies Immune Complex with Zinc. 

The new offerings are being released at the start of the year when many consumers are looking to get back on track and refocus their wellness routines, the company stated. 

January 13, 2014

Finnish beauty brand Lumene is kicking off 2014 with a bang, the company said, as it revamps packaging, broadens its portfolio with new formulas and prepares to expand into Rite Aid stores.

NEW YORK — Finnish beauty brand Lumene is kicking off 2014 with a bang, the company said, as it revamps packaging, broadens its portfolio with new formulas and prepares to expand into Rite Aid stores.

To highlight the skin care benefits of vitamin C, Lumene’s Vitamin C+ is now known as Bright Now Vitamin C+. The range, which is targeted to women ages 25 years and older, leverages the power of arctic cloudberry nectar and seed oil and vitamin C to brighten and protect the skin while preventing the first signs of aging.

January 13, 2014

Real Health Labs recently launched Prostate Complete Once Per Day, a pharmaceutical-grade supplement combination, the company stated.

SAN DIEGO — Real Health Labs recently launched Prostate Complete Once Per Day, a pharmaceutical-grade supplement combination, the company stated. 

In addition to zinc, selenium and vitamin E, Prostate Complete Once Per Day is formulated with a standardized saw palmetto extract, lycopene, a standardized curcumin extract, resveratrol and a pomegranate concentrate. 

January 13, 2014

Rite Aid's philanthropic arm will donate water for areas of West Virginia affected by a recent chemical spill, the retail pharmacy chain said Saturday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid's philanthropic arm will donate water for areas of West Virginia affected by a recent chemical spill, the retail pharmacy chain said Saturday.

The Rite Aid Foundation announced the donation of 15,000 cases of water to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to assist communities around Charleston, W.Va., currently under a water ban resulting from a chemical spill that contaminated the area's water supply, affecting about 300,000 people in a nine-county area.

January 10, 2014

With the launch of Family Vitamin Center, CVS/pharmacy created a new health hub on CVS.com to help educate customers on the vitamins and supplements that can support their personal health goals. The site is designed to declutter the dietary supplement aisle with features like an interactive questionnaire and guidance tools that provide personalized supplement recommendations. It also allows users to shop by goal, such as heart health or immune support, and get the latest health tips. And perhaps most important, there's an automatic replenishment program.

It's a smart play. Those who supplement regularly fall into one of two categories — they're supplementing as part of a major lifestyle improvement change, or they're supplementing because they're already living that healthier lifestyle. In either case, you've got a consumer looking for — and willing to pay for — healthier solutions. CVS/pharmacy is positioning itself to be that solution.

With the launch of Family Vitamin Center, CVS/pharmacy created a new health hub on CVS.com to help educate customers on the vitamins and supplements that can support their personal health goals. The site is designed to declutter the dietary supplement aisle with features like an interactive questionnaire and guidance tools that provide personalized supplement recommendations.

January 10, 2014

The Food and Drug Administraiton has approved a liquid formulation of an HIV drug made by Merck, the company said.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administraiton has approved a liquid formulation of an HIV drug made by Merck, the company said.

Merck announced the approval of Isentress (raltegravir) for oral suspension, aimed at small children with HIV. The drug may be used by patients as young as four weeks, and the full line of formulations of Isentress now includes the orlal suspension, as well as chewable tablets and film--coated tablets. The company plans to launch the oral suspension in the third quarter of this year.

January 10, 2014

Fewer than half of people who could benefit from the heart-health benefits of a daily low-dose aspirin take it, while many others take it when they shouldn't, the January 2014 Harvard Heart Letter reported Friday.

BOSTON — Fewer than half of people who could benefit from the heart-health benefits of a daily low-dose aspirin take it, while many others take it when they shouldn't, the January 2014 Harvard Heart Letter reported Friday.

January 10, 2014

Maloof Ventures announced on Friday the launch of Never Hungover at GNC.

LOS ANGELES — Maloof Ventures announced on Friday the launch of Never Hungover at GNC. Never Hungover is a dietary supplement that is comprised of a natural vitamin blend, antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients and minerals packaged as a 2-oz. serving. 

The hangover shot is designed to take up to an hour before or while consuming alcohol, and experiences optimal results when taking one bottle per four drinks. 

January 9, 2014

Soho Flordis is in the process of launching Calorease, a dietary supplement that helps bind to the fat in foods and reduce caloric intake up to 500 calories a day.

TORONTO — Soho Flordis is in the process of launching Calorease, a dietary supplement that helps bind to the fat in foods and reduce caloric intake up to 500 calories a day. One of the differentiators setting this diet aid apart from other supplements is the active ingredient — FBCx (α-cyclodextrin), a stimulant-free, heart-healthy fiber. FBCx binds up to nine times its weight in fat from food, safely removing it from the body before it can be absorbed.

January 9, 2014

Sales of vitamins and minerals represent a $6.5 billion book of business that’s growing at a 5.2% clip across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 3, 2013, according to IRI.

Sales of vitamins and minerals represent a $6.5 billion book of business that’s growing at a 5.2% clip across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 3, 2013, according to IRI.

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

January 9, 2014

Television personality Dr. Oz may have become the Oprah of the diet-aid category with a recommendation made on one of his programs that users try raspberry ketone for weight loss.

Television personality Dr. Oz may have become the Oprah of the diet-aid category with a recommendation made on one of his programs that users try raspberry ketone for weight loss.

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

January 9, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline is offering a new online campaign under the Alli brand to support healthy weight-loss resolutions, the company said Thursday.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GlaxoSmithKline is offering a new online campaign under the Alli brand to support healthy weight-loss resolutions, the company said Thursday.

January 9, 2014

The gummy delivery form of vitamins is the single-largest source of growth for the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, having realized a 29% rate of growth, which translates to $125 million in annualized sales growth.

The gummy delivery form of vitamins is the single-largest source of growth for the vitamins, minerals and supplements category, having realized a 29% rate of growth, which translates to $125 million in annualized sales growth.

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

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 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

NEW YORK — News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds.

January 8, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca for treating Type 2 diabetes, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca for treating Type 2 diabetes, the agency said Wednesday.

The FDA announced the approval of Farxiga (dapagliflozin) tablets, designed for use with exercise and dietary adjustments to control blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes affects about 24 million people in the United States, accounting for more than 90% of diabetes cases.