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April 22, 2014

Henkel’s Dry Idea brand has introduced its new Dry Idea Stain Clear.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Henkel’s Dry Idea brand has introduced its new Dry Idea Stain Clear.

The new invisible solid goes on clear and combines stain fighting technology with wetness protection and 72-hour odor coverage, the company stated.

April 22, 2014

Eli Lilly on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Cyramza (ramucirumab) as a single-agent treatment for patients with advanced or metastatic gastric cancer or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma with disease progression on or after prior fluoropyrimidine- or platinum-containing chemotherapy.

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Lilly on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Cyramza (ramucirumab) as a single-agent treatment for patients with advanced or metastatic gastric cancer or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma with disease progression on or after prior fluoropyrimidine- or platinum-containing chemotherapy. With this approval, Cyramza becomes the first FDA-approved treatment for patients in this setting.

April 22, 2014

Following a multifaceted deal with Novartis on Tuesday, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis have created a consumer healthcare giant with annual worldwide revenues of $11 billion on a 2013 pro forma basis.

LONDON — Following a multifaceted deal with Novartis on Tuesday, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis have created a consumer healthcare giant with annual worldwide revenues of $11 billion on a 2013 pro forma basis. The new business, to be called GSK Consumer Healthcare, will hold category leading positions and brands in wellness, oral health, nutrition and skin health, the company reported.

April 22, 2014

Impax Labs on Monday announced the its board of directors appointed G. Frederick Wilson as the company's president and CEO, effective April 29.

HAYWARD, Calif. — Impax Labs on Monday announced the its board of directors appointed G. Frederick Wilson as the company's president and CEO, effective April 29. Wilkinson previously served as president of Actavis Global Research and Development at Actavis. He succeeds Larry Hsu, Ph.D.

April 22, 2014

This week, 49 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to adopt a one-year transition period for states to implement the July 2014 average manufacturer price-based federal upper limits.

ARLINGTON, Va. — This week, 49 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to adopt a one-year transition period for states to implement the July 2014 average manufacturer price-based federal upper limits. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores commended Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, for leading the letter effort with their colleagues.

April 22, 2014

In what appears to be a marketing first, natural personal care brand Burt’s Bees is reportedly introducing promotional messages that appear as appointments in electronic calendars on computers, smartphones and tablets, according to a New York Times article.

NEW YORK — In what appears to be a marketing first, natural personal care brand Burt’s Bees is reportedly introducing promotional messages that appear as appointments in electronic calendars on computers, smartphones and tablets, according to a New York Times article.

April 22, 2014

Mars Chocolate last week announced the introduction of the "M-Ball," a peanut M&M's-shaped twist on the traditional soccer ball.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate last week announced the introduction of the M-Ball, a peanut M&M's-shaped twist on the traditional soccer ball. The vibrant ball started making the rounds in the United States on April 15, and it comes at a time when soccer fandom is reaching an all-time high, the company said.

April 22, 2014

Maybelline New York has named Yadim Carranza as the brand's global makeup artist, providing artistic vision for Maybelline New York makeup and becoming the voice of the brand to consumers, press and industry influencers.

NEW YORK — Maybelline New York has named Yadim Carranza as the brand's global makeup artist, providing artistic vision for Maybelline New York makeup and becoming the voice of the brand to consumers, press and industry influencers. 

April 22, 2014

McKesson Corp. on Tuesday announced that in observance of Earth Day, the company will celebrate its fourth annual Green Week April 21-25.

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson Corp. on Tuesday announced that in observance of Earth Day, the company will celebrate its fourth annual Green Week April 21-25. McKesson’s Green Week will focus on raising awareness and inspiring action. While informing employees about McKesson’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, the campaign will also provide ways that employees can make a difference. Each day of McKesson’s Green Week 2014 is organized around a theme, such as Meat Free Monday or Fossil Free Friday.

April 22, 2014

NBTY, a global manufacturer and distributor or vitamins and nutritional supplements, introduced Nature's Origin, the company's first complete line of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements.

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — NBTY, a global manufacturer and distributor or vitamins and nutritional supplements, introduced Nature's Origin, the company's first complete line of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements. The products are available in the United States direct to consumers at NaturesOrigin.com.

April 22, 2014

PepsiCo on Tuesday announced the debut of new Twistos Baked Snack Bites to its portfolio.

PLANO, Texas — PepsiCo on Tuesday announced the debut of new Twistos Baked Snack Bites to its portfolio. The bites are available in three flavors — bruschetta, parmesan and garlic, and asiago flavors — and can be enjoyed as a standalone snackng item, or as complement to a soup or salad, the company said.

The brand has teamed up with chef and food writer Gaby Dalkin of "What's Gaby Cooking" to help develop tips for mixing up snack time.

April 22, 2014

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board announced that Certified Pharmacy Technicians eligible to recertify are now required to complete one hour of continuing education in patient safety, in addition to the already required hour of law CE, as part of 20 hours of CE needed for recertification.

WASHINGTON — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board on Monday announced that Certified Pharmacy Technicians eligible to recertify are now required to complete one hour of continuing education in patient safety, in addition to the already required hour of law CE, as part of 20 hours of CE needed for recertification. The new requirement is one of the planned Certification Program changes PTCB announced early last year to advance CPhT qualifications. 

April 22, 2014

Novartis on Tuesday made a number of moves that have fundamentally reshaped its business, according to published reports.

ZURICH — Novartis on Tuesday made a number of moves that have fundamentally reshaped its business, according to published reports. Novartis exchanged its vaccine business with GlaxoSmithKline in a deal valued at $7.1 billion for GSK's oncology portfolio (at a cost of $14.5 billion) and divested its animal health unit to Ely Lilly for approximately $5.4 billion. 

April 22, 2014

A new health economic study shows potential healthcare savings of $12.7 billion per year if U.S. adults would increase their dietary fiber to about 25 grams, the minimum level recommended by health experts for adults.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A new health economic study shows potential healthcare savings of $12.7 billion per year if U.S. adults would increase their dietary fiber to about 25 grams, the minimum level recommended by health experts for adults. Currently, less than 1-in-10 Americans meet their daily fiber needs.

April 22, 2014

It’s a hot topic that is fast becoming an integral component in the delivery of American healthcare. Looking to explore the various ways that retail-based health clinics are leveraging telehealth technology to provide care to consumers, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session on telehealth.

MINNEAPOLIS — Telehealth. It’s a hot topic that is fast becoming an integral component in the delivery of American healthcare. Looking to explore the various ways that retail-based health clinics are leveraging telehealth technology to provide care to consumers, this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress in May will feature a Business Leadership track session on telehealth.

April 22, 2014

Regional player Thrifty White plans to break ground during 2014 on 8-to-10 new stores that will include the Thrifty White Healthy Outcomes pharmacy design, according to Tim Erdle, EVP store operations and marketing.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Regional player Thrifty White plans to break ground during 2014 on 8-to-10 new stores that will include the Thrifty White Healthy Outcomes pharmacy design, according to Tim Erdle, EVP store operations and marketing.

These stores will be phased-in with construction completed between fall of 2014 and 2015 year-end.

April 21, 2014

ABC News will be hosting a live twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency's next ABC News National Tweet Chat.

NEW YORK — ABC News will be hosting a live Twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency's next ABC News National Tweet Chat. ABC plans to cover a range of topics related to pain management, including chronic pain and palliative care.

To join in on the conversation, click here

April 21, 2014

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has announced that the Food and Drug Administration and European Commission have granted Orphan Drug Designation to volasertib for acute myeloid leukemia.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has announced that the Food and Drug Administration and European Commission have granted Orphan Drug Designation to volasertib for acute myeloid leukemia. Volasertib currently is being evaluated in a Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of patients ages 65 years or older with previously untreated AML who are ineligible for intensive remission induction therapy. 

Volasertib has not been approved by the FDA or EC regulatory authorities; its safety and efficacy have not been established.

April 21, 2014

CVS/pharmacy announced on Monday that it is launching later this spring a new service, dubbed Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy, to help customers manage their monthly health insurance premiums.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Monday that it is launching later this spring a new service, dubbed Bill Pay at CVS/pharmacy, to help customers manage their monthly health insurance premiums.

Members of participating health plans can bring their insurance bills to any one of CVS/pharmacy's 7,600 stores across the United States to pay their premiums at no additional cost. CVS/pharmacy is the first national retail pharmacy to offer this service.

April 21, 2014

Doritos, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, introduced something mysterious to snack food aisles across the country.

PLANO, TX — Doritos, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, introduced something mysterious to snack food aisles across the country. 

April 21, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline and Genmab A/S announced last week that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a supplemental biologic license application for the use of Arzerra (ofatumumab) in combination with chlorambucil for the treatment of previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia for whom fludarabine-based therapy is considered inappropriate.

LONDON — GlaxoSmithKline and Genmab A/S announced last week that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a supplemental biologic license application for the use of Arzerra (ofatumumab) in combination with chlorambucil for the treatment of previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia for whom fludarabine-based therapy is considered inappropriate.

April 21, 2014

Lupin on Monday announced the appointment of Theresa Stevens as chief corporate development officer for its global operations.

BALTIMORE — Lupin on Monday announced the appointment of Theresa Stevens as chief corporate development officer for its global operations. Stevens will assume full responsibility for global merger and acquisitions and specialty business strategy. Stevens has more than 27 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector, with significant experience in managing strategy, corporate development, M&A and licensing.    

April 21, 2014

MD Science Lab on Monday launched a new personal lubricant called Swiss Navy Sensitive Skin.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — MD Science Lab on Monday launched a new personal lubricant called Swiss Navy Sensitive Skin. The new, all-natural lubricant caters to men and woman with sensitive skin.

April 21, 2014

The NPD Group announced on Monday that direct-to-consumer sales of U.S. prestige fragrance experienced double-digit growth in the 12 months ended February 2014.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The NPD Group announced on Monday that direct-to-consumer sales of U.S. prestige fragrance experienced double-digit growth in the 12 months ended February 2014.

April 21, 2014

P&G Beauty & Grooming has announced the launch of a nationwide campaign, entitled "Face the World," to educate college students on the importance of creating a unique online identity.

CINCINNATI — P&G Beauty & Grooming has announced the launch of a nationwide campaign, entitled "Face the World," to educate college students on the importance of creating a unique online identity.

With the support of LinkedIn experts, brands like Aussie, CoverGirl, Gillette and Olay will join forces to provide students with the beauty, grooming and career advice needed to help them create a personal brand that appeals to recruiters.