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January 27, 2014

Kaz launched the Vicks Moisture Map, an online tool to help families understand how too little humidity can create issues for the body, pets and the home.

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Kaz last week launched the Vicks Moisture Map, an online tool to help families understand how too little humidity can create issues for the body, pets and the home.

The interactive map pinpoints the top 10 driest cities across the country by synthesizing weather data and geographical data from several sources. 

January 27, 2014

Lindt has announced a line of new offerings, including the company's signature Lindor truffles, just in time for Valentine's Day.

STRATHAM, N.H — Lindt has announced a line of new offerings, including the company's signature Lindor truffles, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Highlights from the chocolatier include:

January 27, 2014

New York City Economic Development Corporation and Health 2.0 announced the launch of the second annual Pilot Health Tech NYC, a program designed to dramatically increase innovation and collaboration within New York City’s health technology sector.

NEW YORK — New York City Economic Development Corporation and Health 2.0 last week announced the launch of the second annual Pilot Health Tech NYC, a program designed to dramatically increase innovation and collaboration within New York City’s health technology sector. Pilot Health Tech NYC helps pilot and advance new health technologies by partnering early-stage companies with key New York City healthcare service organizations and stakeholders - including hospitals, physician clinics, pharmaceutical companies, nursing associations, large employers and retailers.  

January 27, 2014

Following his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop by a Costco store in Maryland on Wednesday, according to news reports.

WASHINGTON — Following his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop by a Costco store in Maryland on Wednesday, according to news reports.

During his stop at the Costco in Lanham, which is located about 15 miles from the White House, Obama is expected to deliver remarks on the economy, the USA Today reported.

January 27, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice brand is expanding into the men's hair care category with a new collection of hair care and styling products.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice brand is expanding into the men's hair care category with a new collection of hair care and styling products.

January 27, 2014

As many as 3 million people have enrolled in private health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment has been up by more than one-third in recent weeks.

WASHINGTON — As many as 3 million people have enrolled in private health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment has been up by more than one-third in recent weeks. 

January 27, 2014

Purdue Pharma on Monday named Mark Timney as president and CEO. Timney succeeds John Stewart, who has retired from Purdue.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Purdue Pharma on Monday named Mark Timney as president and CEO.

"We found a proven leader in Mark Timney," said Raymond Sackler, co-founder and board member of Purdue. "I am confident that his capabilities and experience, coupled with Purdue's culture of excellence, will grow our business and strengthen our healthcare industry leadership." 

January 27, 2014

ScriptCycle, a technology company that serves pharmacies and patients, will launch its comprehensive cash solutions for retail pharmacies at the NACDS Regional Conference in February.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — ScriptCycle, a technology company that serves pharmacies and patients, will launch its comprehensive cash solutions for retail pharmacies at the NACDS Regional Conference in February. The products aim to help pharmacies address challenges related to their cash prescription business, the company said.

ScriptCycle said its business model has produced average per-store savings of $7,000 to $12,000 per year.

January 27, 2014

Hair and skin care brand SheaMoisture has announced that it is the official sponsor of the Korto Momolu Fall/Winter 2014 Collection at New York Fashion Week.

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Hair and skin care brand SheaMoisture has announced that it is the official sponsor of the Korto Momolu Fall/Winter 2014 Collection at New York Fashion Week.

SheaMoisture brand ambassadors, celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez and celebrity hair stylist Diane C. Bailey, will create trend-setting runway looks for the show.

January 27, 2014

Eighty percent of U.S. consumers use the Internet when they shop. The fourth annual research study of shopper behavior, conducted by Cisco Consulting Services, revealed the percentage of “uber-digitals” shoppers, who regularly use their smartphones for their shopping decision-making, nearly doubled to 18% of the sampled population.

NEW YORK — Eighty percent of U.S. consumers use the Internet when they shop. The fourth annual research study of shopper behavior, conducted by Cisco Consulting Services, revealed the percentage of “uber-digitals” shoppers, who regularly use their smartphones for their shopping decision-making, nearly doubled to 18% of the sampled population.

January 27, 2014

The National Institutes of Health have awarded a University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor a $1.3 million grant to further study a new class of inorganic nanoparticles that target primary cancer and help control the disease’s spread and recurrence.



KINGSTON, R.I. — The National Institutes of Health have awarded a University of Rhode Island pharmacy professor a $1.3 million grant to further study a new class of inorganic nanoparticles that target primary cancer and help control the disease’s spread and recurrence.



January 27, 2014

Walgreens Infusion Services on Monday announced that it has been selected as the preferred provider of home administration services for Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection), the only FDA-approved medication to help reduce the risk of preterm birth for clinically indicated patients.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Infusion Services on Monday announced that it has been selected as the preferred provider of home administration services for Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection), the only FDA-approved medication to help reduce the risk of preterm birth for clinically indicated patients. Makena is a progestin indicated to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth.

January 27, 2014

Weiman Products, a manufacturer of specialty cleaning products whose portfolio includes Weiman Cook Top Cleaner and Weiman Leather Wipes, has acquired from the Homax Group the Goo Gone, Magic, Stone Care International, Natural Magic, OOPS! Paint Remover and Gonzo brands.

GURNEE, Ill. — Weiman Products, a manufacturer of specialty cleaning products whose portfolio includes Weiman Cook Top Cleaner and Weiman Leather Wipes, has acquired from the Homax Group the Goo Gone, Magic, Stone Care International, Natural Magic, OOPS! Paint Remover and Gonzo brands.

January 27, 2014

Zapzyt skin care, which is distributed by Waltman Pharmaceuticals, is expanding its portfolio with new Pore Treatment Gel.

NEW YORK — Zapzyt skin care, which is distributed by Waltman Pharmaceuticals, is expanding its portfolio with new Pore Treatment Gel.

January 24, 2014

Armada Health Care on Thursday added featured speaker Myrtle Potter to its card at the 2014 Specialty Pharmacy Summit and Expo to be held in Las Vegas May 5 to 9.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Armada Health Care on Thursday added featured speaker Myrtle Potter to its card at the 2014 Specialty Pharmacy Summit and Expo to be held in Las Vegas May 5 to 9. The specialty pharmacy group also announced the addition of a pre-conference seminar/workshop to take place on May 5 and 6. 

Potter will join a speaker faculty of more than 50 other industry experts at this conference with a presentation titled, "Healthcare Leaders: How Will You Successfully Navigate the Healthcare Storm?". 

January 24, 2014

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday hosted an event to announce a $5 million leadership gift from Giant Food Stores to support construction of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, an outpatient facility scheduled to open in the University City section of Philadelphia in 2015.

PHILADELPHIA — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday hosted an event to announce a $5 million leadership gift from Giant Food Stores to support construction of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, an outpatient facility scheduled to open in the University City section of Philadelphia in 2015. Giant Food Stores’ contribution punctuates nearly 20 years of philanthropic support for patient care programs at Children’s Hospital. In recognition of Giant Food Stores’ gift, the lobby of the Buerger Center will be named the Giant Lobby.

January 24, 2014

Anti-aging skin care brand dr. brandt is launching a national advertising campaign — the first in brand history — to introduce its new Do Not Age pearl serum.

NEW YORK — Anti-aging skin care brand dr. brandt is launching a national advertising campaign — the first in brand history — to introduce its new Do Not Age pearl serum.

The advertisement will debut across national magazines and will highlight the power of dr. brandt’s Duo Pearl technology integral to the DNA pearl serum.

January 24, 2014

Procter & Gamble’s Gain brand is now offering consumers Gain flings!, a single-use laundry pac.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Gain brand is now offering consumers Gain flings!, a single-use laundry pac. The detergent is available in two varieties, Original Scent and Moonlight Breeze — a new scent that Gain is adding to its laundry portfolio. The product will launch during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

January 24, 2014

Giant Eagle is making a push into Indiana with a Market District concept and GetGo, a convenience store, planned just outside of Indianapolis, according to published reports.

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle is making a push into Indiana with a Market District concept and GetGo, a convenience store, planned just outside of Indianapolis. 

It will be the first Giant Eagle stores in the state, which are slated to open in 2015, and additional stores in the metro area might follow.

“We are thrilled to bring our Market District and GetGo concepts to Carmel and greater Indianapolis,” Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet said in a statement. “We are also actively evaluating opportunities for additional locations.”

 

January 24, 2014

Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., a specialty pharmaceuticals company, announced that it was granted final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for bromfenac ophthalmic solution 0.09% (once-a-day).

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., a specialty pharmaceuticals company, on Thursday announced that it was granted final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for bromfenac ophthalmic solution 0.09% (once-a-day), a generic version of ISTA Pharmaceuticals’ Bromday ophthalmic solution, 0.09%.

The product is used to treat post-op inflammation and reduction of ocular pain in patients who have had cataract surgery. The company plans to launch the product immediately.

January 24, 2014

Following its fourth-quarter results, Kimberly-Clark plans to pursue targeted growth initiatives and support growth opportunities with increased advertising and research spending.

DALLAS — Following its fourth-quarter results, Kimberly-Clark plans to pursue targeted growth initiatives and support growth opportunities with increased advertising and research spending.

The company’s net sales of $5.3 billion were even with the year-ago period. Organic sales, which exclude the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates and lost sales as a result of European strategic changes and pulp and tissue restructuring actions, rose 5%, including an 11% increase in K-C International. 

January 24, 2014

Private equity firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners on Thursday announced the acquisition of KT Health, a producer of kinesiology tape and related sports medicine products in the retail market.

BOSTON — Private equity firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners on Thursday announced the acquisition of KT Health, a producer of kinesiology tape and related sports medicine products in the retail market. KT Tape, the company’s flagship product, is used by professional and recreational athletes to prevent injury, reduce pain, promote recovery and maximize comfort.  

January 24, 2014

M&M's World in Times Square and WFAN, a 24-hour all-sports radio station, will partner to offer a live broadcast for more than 12 hours each day from Monday, Jan. 27 to Friday, Jan. 31.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J — M&M's World in Times Square and WFAN, a 24-hour all-sports radio station, will partner to offer a live broadcast for more than 12 hours each day from Monday, Jan. 27 to Friday, Jan. 31.

Fans and visitors to the store will be able to watch the broadcast from Boomer & Carton, Benigno & Roberts and Mike Francesa, complete with their athlete and celebrity guests, when the store opens at 9 a.m. Boomer & Carton will begin their show at 6 a.m.

January 24, 2014

M&M's brand character Yellow will steal the spotlight in a new 30-second commercial in the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII, Mars Chocolate said.

NEW YORK — M&M's brand character Yellow will steal the spotlight in a new 30-second commercial in the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII, Mars Chocolate said.

Yellow was first introduced to consumers, along with M&M's Peanut, in 1954. In the time since, he has become a fan-favorite across the nation, but often plays a supporting role to his fellow candy Red, according to the company.

The commercial, created by BBDO New York, will remain a mystery until Super Bowl Sunday, but fans can catch a teaser on the M&M's Facebook page.

 

January 24, 2014

McKesson announced that it has reached an agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH to acquire its entire holding of Celesio shares for 23.50 euros per share (US $32.24 per share).

SAN FRANCISCO  — McKesson late Thursday afternoon announced that it has reached an agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH to acquire its entire holding of Celesio shares for 23.50 euros per share (US $32.24 per share). In a separate and subsequent agreement, McKesson also announced the acquisition of Celesio convertible bonds from Elliott. These agreements are not subject to any closing conditions and the transactions are expected to close within 10 business days.