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July 5, 2011

As part of a strategic assessment, generic drug maker Par Pharmaceutical is set to restructure its branded division.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — As part of a strategic assessment, generic drug maker Par Pharmaceutical is set to restructure its branded division.

The company said last week that its restructuring of Strativa Pharmaceuticals will result in a reduced workforce, prompting one-time noncash charges in the second quarter in addition to severance costs, although Par said the restructuring will generate expense savings in the $8 to $12 million range for the remainder of the year.

July 5, 2011

Pfizer defended a drug used for smoking cessation Monday following reports of a Canadian study that found it raised the risk of heart problems.

NEW YORK — Pfizer defended a drug used for smoking cessation Monday following reports of a Canadian study that found it raised the risk of heart problems.

The 8,216-patient study of Chantix (varenicline), published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that of the 4,908 patients who received Chantix, 52 had an increased risk of serious heart problems, with similar risks appearing in 27-of-the-3,308 patients who took placebo.

June 30, 2011

A Procter & Gamble executive will join Kraft Foods in September as its EVP supply chain, Kraft announced Thursday.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — A Procter & Gamble executive will join Kraft Foods in September as its EVP supply chain, Kraft announced Thursday.

Daniel Myers — who succeeds David Brearton, now EVP and CFO of Kraft — most recently served as P&G's VP product supply, leading the supply chain function for the company's global hair care business, as well as coordination responsibilities for P&G's beauty and grooming business, including manufacturing operations that supported sales in more than 170 countries.

June 30, 2011

Innovation took center stage Thursday as Eli Lilly laid out its future growth strategies at a meeting with investors.

NEW YORK — Innovation took center stage Thursday as Eli Lilly laid out its future growth strategies at a meeting with investors.

At its “Bridging to the Future” meeting, Lilly said it had 70 drugs in its research and development pipeline, including 33 in phases 2 and 3. The company said it expects at least 10 new drugs to enter phase 3 this year, including drugs in such areas as cancer, diabetes and neuroscience, as well as new therapeutic areas, such as autoimmune disorders.

June 29, 2011

Tracking medication adherence and connecting to pharmacies when it's time to refill prescriptions are among the capabilities of a new iPhone and iPad application made by GreatCall.

SAN DIEGO — Tracking medication adherence and connecting to pharmacies when it's time to refill prescriptions are among the capabilities of a new iPhone and iPad application made by GreatCall.

GreatCall announced the launch of MedCoach, a medication management app that the company said would help customers better manage their overall well-being for free.

June 28, 2011

Bloom shoppers now can access weekly specials, search recipes, manage shopping lists and find the nearest location, all from the palms of their hands.

SALISBURY, N.C. — Supermarket banner Bloom is letting customers access weekly specials, search recipes, manage shopping lists and find the nearest location, all from the palms of their hands.

Bloom said that its free mobile application, which can be downloaded and accessed on iPhone, iPad and iPod devices, is designed to enhance the Bloom shopping experience. The app was developed in partnership with Mercatus Technologies.

June 27, 2011

This fall, an acclaimed film trilogy is making its Blu-ray debut.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — This fall, an acclaimed film trilogy is making its Blu-ray debut.

The cinematic franchise "Jurassic Park," which includes the namesake film along with "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park III," will be available Oct. 25 in a limited-edition Blu-ray set.

June 27, 2011

Intelligent Global Pooling Systems said it has helped customers save more than $100 million since the company entered the market in 2006.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Intelligent Global Pooling Systems said it has helped customers save more than $100 million since the company entered the market in 2006.

iGPS — an operator of the world’s first pallet rental service to provide lightweight, 100% recyclable plastic pallets with embedded radio frequency identification tags — said its savings counter, located on the company's website, clicked over to nine digits last Saturday morning.

June 27, 2011

Prices for the top 10 most prescribed branded diabetes drugs have risen faster at Walmart and Kmart than at other retailers, according to a published report.

NEW YORK — Prices for the top 10 most prescribed branded diabetes drugs have risen faster at Walmart and Kmart than at other retailers, according to a published report.

Citing a recent study by researchers at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Reuters reported that Walmart raised prices for branded diabetes drugs by 32% between 2008 and 2010, compared with 21% for the industry as a whole — including independent and chain retail pharmacies and mail-order companies. Kmart raised prices by 35%.

June 27, 2011

Could Rite Aid’s new Wellness store format revitalize it the way the iPod did for Apple?

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — In June 1997, the cover of Wired magazine showed Apple’s logo with a crown of thorns and the foreboding word “Pray.” Amid the nascent tech boom, the company’s stock hit a low of about $12 per share that summer. The future, it seemed, was IBM-compatible.

(THE NEWS: Rite Aid shows off innovation with Wellness store. For the full story, click here.)

June 27, 2011

Feminine hygiene brand Summer's Eve recently launched a video that encourages dialogue about the female anatomy.

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Feminine hygiene brand Summer's Eve recently launched a video that encourages dialogue about the female anatomy.

The brand launched the "That's Vaginal!" video to encourage consumers to move away from euphemisms and from treating the vagina as a taboo topic, Summer's Eve said, adding that the video will be supported with a redesigned website and candid attitude.

June 27, 2011

Walmart Canada has agreed to assume leasehold interests from Target Canada in up to 39 sites that currently are operated by Zellers.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Walmart Canada has agreed to assume leasehold interests from Target Canada in up to 39 sites that currently are operated by Zellers.

Specific locations will be identified later this fall. Terms of this transaction were not disclosed.

The sites are among up to 220 possible sites whose leasehold interests Target is acquiring as part of a real-estate transaction announced in January. In May, Target selected its initial group of 105 sites, the vast majority of which will become Target stores.

June 26, 2011

Hyland's will be bringing its Hyland's Teething Tablets back to the market after a one-year hiatus. The product is coming back with a few changes, one of which is a child-resistant cap.

BOSTON — Hyland's will be bringing its Hyland's Teething Tablets back to the market after a one-year hiatus. The product is coming back with a few changes, one of which is a child-resistant cap.

As part of the relaunch, the company is tapping into its enthusiastic mommy blogger fan base on Facebook. For exmple, last week Hyland's put out a call to its Facebook fans for help on developing its advertising message when it comes back to market.

June 24, 2011

The charitable arm of Bristol-Myers Squibb has awarded five grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations that encourage African-American women with Type 2 diabetes to better manage their disease.

NEW YORK — The charitable arm of Bristol-Myers Squibb has awarded five grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations that encourage African-American women with Type 2 diabetes to better manage their disease.

June 24, 2011

Prestige Brands has expanded its sales management team and customer planning group.

NEW YORK — Prestige Brands has expanded its sales management team and customer planning group.

The appointments include:

  • David Howenstine, who joins Prestige as VP sales from Pfizer. At Pfizer, he served in a variety of leadership roles in field sales, customer development and category management;

  • Jayne Reiss, who previously worked at Warner Lambert, Brach, Insight Pharmaceutical and Matrixx, where she managed the national accounts sales force, has joined Prestige as VP national accounts;

June 23, 2011

Walmart announced that it has launched a $25 million giving campaign aimed at filling the gaps created when schools close for the summer through its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation.

WASHINGTON — Walmart announced that it has launched a $25 million giving campaign aimed at filling the gaps created when schools close for the summer through its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation.

Funding to more than 350 local nonprofit organizations will help expand nutrition, learning and employment services for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the 2011 summer months, the company reported.

Walmart said it would address the achievement gap between higher- and lower-income youth by focusing on three key areas:

June 23, 2011

A new condom brand is looking to introduce new design concepts that it hopes will reshape the industry.

LOS ANGELES — A new condom brand is looking to introduce new design concepts that it hopes will reshape the industry.

Origami condoms currently tout three patent-pending prototypes, designed for both men and women, which are undergoing clinical research. The condoms are designed to increase pleasure and to simultaneously improve safety.

June 23, 2011

Nielsen unveiled this week at its Consumer 360 conference its new approach to product development, which is said to improve companies' chances of success when bringing new products to market.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nielsen unveiled this week at its Consumer 360 conference its new approach to product development, which is said to improve companies' chances of success when bringing new products to market.

June 23, 2011

Watson Pharmaceuticals plans to expand its manufacturing and research and development plant in Salt Lake City, the drug maker said.

SALT LAKE CITY — Watson Pharmaceuticals plans to expand its manufacturing and research and development plant in Salt Lake City, the drug maker said.

The $44 million expansion of the plant will include retrofitting about 20,000 sq. ft. of space and the construction of about 17,000 additional sq. ft. The expansion of the plant, which makes transdermal patches and topical gels, is expected to include the addition of about 300 new employees over the next three to five years.

June 22, 2011

CVS/pharmacy is further expanding the benefits for its more than 8 million ExtraCare Beauty Club members with the introduction of the "Beauty Board," a panel of beauty and style experts who will provide interactive content and advice for the CVS Beauty Club Facebook page.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is further expanding the benefits for its more than 8 million ExtraCare Beauty Club members with the introduction of the "Beauty Board," a panel of beauty and style experts who will provide interactive content and advice for the CVS Beauty Club Facebook page.

The ExtraCare Beauty Club, which launched in January, is an extension of the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards program and provides members with additional rewards on beauty purchases and other beauty-specific benefits. The Beauty Board members include:

June 22, 2011

The Soho brand, which is known for its soft-sided cosmetic bags and beauty cases, now is expanding into makeup brushes with a collection of ergonomically designed brushes for the mass market.

LOS ANGELES — The Soho brand, which is known for its soft-sided cosmetic bags and beauty cases, now is expanding into makeup brushes with a collection of ergonomically designed brushes for the mass market.

For spring 2012, Soho will release a new ergonomically designed, 18-piece collection of brushes developed in partnership with makeup artists and designers.

June 21, 2011

Magic Bullet has teamed up with celebrity mom Jenny McCarthy to introduce a limited-edition product designed for McCarthy's charitable organization, Generation Rescue.

LOS ANGELES — Magic Bullet has teamed up with celebrity mom Jenny McCarthy to introduce a limited-edition product designed for McCarthy's charitable organization, Generation Rescue.

New Rescue Bullet is a blue, limited-edition Magic Bullet that will benefit Generation Rescue, an organization that provides guidance and support for medical treatment, which directly improves the quality of life for children living with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for all families in need.

June 20, 2011

CVS/pharmacy has introduced its latest initiative, designed to underscore the role pharmacists play in managing ongoing medications for chronic illnesses, particularly when a patient starts a new medication.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has introduced its latest initiative, designed to underscore the role pharmacists play in managing ongoing medications for chronic illnesses, particularly when a patient starts a new medication.

June 20, 2011

ESI Cases and Accessories is encouraging consumers to get a whiff of the company's Jelly Belly candy-scented smartphone and accessories cases.

NEW YORK — ESI Cases and Accessories is encouraging consumers to get a whiff of the company's Jelly Belly candy-scented smartphone and accessories cases.

Through its new product catalog, the company unveiled accessories for iPhone, iPod, Blackberry and gaming devices that smell like Jelly Belly jelly bean candies. The gel cases are available in five scents, including Very Cherry, Licorice, Blueberry, Strawberry Cheesecake and Berry Blue.

June 20, 2011

Liya Kebede has joined the growing roster of L'Oréal Paris representatives.

PARIS — Liya Kebede has joined the growing roster of L'Oréal Paris representatives.

Kebede, an international model, entrepreneur, actress, humanitarian and advocate for mothers and children, as well as a mother herself, will serve as spokewoman for the brand. She joins such celebrities as Ines de la Fressange, Gwen Stefani, Freida Pinto, Jane Fonda, Aimee Mullins, Jennifer Lopez, Laetitia Casta and Gerard Butler.