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January 22, 2014

HealthSpot has formed a strategic partnership with MedAvail Technologies, which created the MedAvail MedCenter telepharmacy kiosk, to enable HealthSpot station locations to provide pharmacy services in addition to acute care telehealth services in locations where there is no retail pharmacy, such as employer sites and community locations.

DUBLIN, Ohio — HealthSpot has formed a strategic partnership with MedAvail Technologies, which created the MedAvail MedCenter telepharmacy kiosk, to enable HealthSpot station locations to provide pharmacy services in addition to acute care telehealth services in locations where there is no retail pharmacy, such as employer sites and community locations.
 

January 22, 2014

An IRI MarketPulse survey found that shopper sentiment dropped in fourth quarter 2013, and this gloomy attitude is spilling over into 2014 across all age groups.

CHICAGO — After a year of sluggish economic growth in 2013, it is no surprise that consumers are beginning the new year with a conservative outlook. An IRI MarketPulse survey released Wednesday found that shopper sentiment dropped in fourth quarter 2013, and this gloomy attitude is spilling over into 2014 across all age groups. 

It is particularly evident among millennials, who reported a 10-point decline since third quarter 2013 and have consistently struggled since the economic downturn began.

January 22, 2014

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has returned approximately 75% of its OTC portfolio to store shelves, Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO, told analysts Tuesday.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare has returned approximately 75% of its OTC portfolio to store shelves, Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO told analysts Tuesday. "Growth in the consumer segment was achieved in part as a result of our success in restoring a reliable supply of OTC products to the United States marketplace, and we’re starting to see them gain traction as well, once they’re back in the market," he said. Gorsky outlined a number of brands that have grown J&J's U.S.

January 22, 2014

Medline on Tuesday introduced the Curad Antiviral Face Mask, a face mask that inactivates flu viruses within five minutes of contact, according to the company

MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Medline on Tuesday introduced the Curad Antiviral Face Mask, a face mask that inactivates flu viruses within five minutes of contact, according to the company.

The Curad Antiviral Face Mask was found to inactivate 99.99% of laboratory-tested flu viruses, including imminent pandemic and seasonal strains of influenza viruses, such as H1N1, this year's dominant flu strain in the United States. Traditional face masks act only as a simple barrier or filter and do nothing to neutralize the harmful germs that remain active on the mask itself.

January 22, 2014

Mission Pharmacal Co. on Tuesday announced its “ABCs of Medical Management of Stones,” a step-by-step approach to the diagnosis and treatment of nephrolithiasis, or kidney stones, is now available as a mobile application for Apple devices.

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal Co. on Tuesday announced its “ABCs of Medical Management of Stones,” a step-by-step approach to the diagnosis and treatment of nephrolithiasis, or kidney stones, is now available as a mobile application for Apple devices.

January 22, 2014

In a letter to congressional leaders, the National Retail Federation underscored the retail industry’s commitment to protecting sensitive consumer data in the wake of the recent international cyber attacks and thefts.

WASHINGTON — In a letter to congressional leaders, the National Retail Federation underscored the retail industry’s commitment to protecting sensitive consumer data in the wake of the recent international cyber attacks and thefts.

January 22, 2014

New online grocer Presto Fresh has set up shop here to deliver groceries throughout Cuyahoga County, according to a report published Tuesday in the Plain Dealer.

CLEVELAND — New online grocer Presto Fresh has set up shop here to deliver groceries throughout Cuyahoga County, according to a report published Tuesday in the Plain Dealer

Founded by Steve deMoulpied, the new grocery delivery service has two trucks, three employees and "major aspirations to expand in Northeast Ohio," the report noted.

January 22, 2014

Orabrush, whose products are sold in more than 30,000 retail stores globally, has appointed Joel Ackerman, YouTube advertising hitmaker and social media strategist, as creative director.

OREM, Utah — Orabrush, whose products are sold in more than 30,000 retail stores globally, has appointed Joel Ackerman, YouTube advertising hitmaker and social media strategist, as creative director.

In this newly created position, Ackerman will oversee creative strategy for the company’s brands – Orabrush and Orapup – and lead Orabrush’s creative team to produce content on YouTube for other brands.

January 22, 2014

R.W. Knudsen Family on Wednesday announced the debut of Nature's Peak, a line of juice blends.

CHICO, Calif. — R.W. Knudsen Family on Wednesday announced the debut of Nature's Peak, a line of juice blends.

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

With Baby Boomers numbering about 80 million and these consumers accounting for 44% of all households with annual incomes more than $75,000, the segment is fast-becoming a focal point for the food industry, according to "Boomer Wellness: Culinary Trend Mapping Report," published by market research publisher Packaged Facts and CCD Innovation.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — With Baby Boomers numbering about 80 million and these consumers accounting for 44% of all households with annual incomes more than $75,000, the segment is fast-becoming a focal point for the food industry, according to "Boomer Wellness: Culinary Trend Mapping Report," published Tuesday by market research publisher Packaged Facts and CCD Innovation.

January 22, 2014

The Department of Defense has been working on consolidating its health systems under one roof — the Defense Health Agency — according to a Military Times report published Tuesday.

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The Department of Defense has been working on consolidating its health systems under one roof — the Defense Health Agency — according to a Military Times report published Tuesday

January 22, 2014

New York City’s Upper West Side is set to become the home for Cure Urgent Care’s first New York City location, according to a local report, offering local residents a cure for hangovers via an IV.

NEW YORK — New York City’s Upper West Side is set to become the home for Cure Urgent Care’s first New York City location, according to a local report, offering local residents a cure for hangovers via an IV.

DNAinfo.com reports that the chain of urgent care facilities is looking to open a location on Broadway between West 102nd Street and West 103rd Street in May.

January 22, 2014

A new study from researchers at Ohio State University is reporting that older patients who receive written information on shingles were almost three times more likely to get vaccinated than those that didn’t receive a similar communication.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new study from researchers at Ohio State University is reporting that older patients who receive written information on shingles were almost three times more likely to get vaccinated than those that didn’t receive a similar communication. The study is also one of the first to show that using a patient’s electronic medical record coupled with pharmacist intervention markedly improves preventative care of shingles over the current standard.

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

A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll found that Latinos in America see diabetes as the biggest health problem for their own families.

BOSTON — A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll released Tuesday found that Latinos in America see diabetes as the biggest health problem for their own families.

Nearly 1-in-5 (19%) Latinos said diabetes is the biggest health problem facing their families. The next most cited problem, cancer, is mentioned by just 1-in-20 Latinos (5%). Diabetes was the biggest health problem reported by both immigrant (16%) and non-immigrant Latinos (22%).

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 22, 2014

In light of the changing healthcare landscape due to healthcare reform, Target is discontinuing part-time health insurance coverage for its stores’ part-time associates, beginning April 1, according to a report in Target’s Bullseye View.

MINNEAPOLIS — In light of the changing healthcare landscape due to healthcare reform, Target is discontinuing part-time health insurance coverage for its stores’ part-time associates, beginning April 1, according to a report in Target’s Bullseye View.

January 22, 2014

Trailblazer Food Products, a manufacturer of private-label and branded grocery products in the western United States, has announced that it is partnering with grocer Albertsons to stock regional products including Walls Berry Farm Preserves and Nalley's Lumberjack Syrup.

PORTLAND — Trailblazer Food Products, a manufacturer of private-label and branded grocery products in the western United States, has announced that it is partnering with grocer Albertsons to stock regional products including Walls Berry Farm Preserves and Nalley's Lumberjack Syrup.

January 22, 2014

During the fall 2013 checkout scanning campaign at 47 Wegmans stores, hunger relief donations soared to a record $1.6 million, a 14% increase over the fall 2012 total, the grocer reported.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — During the fall 2013 checkout scanning campaign at 47 Wegmans stores in Maryland, New Jersey, the Greater Rochester region of New York , Eastern Pennsylvania and Virginia, hunger relief donations soared to a record $1.6 million, a 14% increase over the fall 2012 total, the grocer reported. 

“We’re grateful to our customers and employees for recognizing the vital role that food banks play in communities,” Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans community relations manager, said. “These results are a testament to remarkable generosity.”

January 22, 2014

Whole Foods Market and Pivot, Participant Media’s TV network targeting millennials, have announced the launch of the television series "Dark Rye.”

AUSTIN, Texas and LOS ANGELES — Whole Foods Market and Pivot, Participant Media’s TV network targeting millennials, have announced the launch of the television series "Dark Rye.”  

The first episode, hosted by Kirk Lombard, a Bay Area fisherman and  forager, airs Wednesday.    

January 21, 2014

Actavis Pharma recently announced that it intends to enter into an agreement for Aurobindo Pharma to acquire Actavis' generics commercial operations in seven markets in Western Europe.

DUBLIN — Actavis Pharma recently announced that it intends to enter into an agreement for Aurobindo Pharma to acquire Actavis' generics commercial operations in seven markets in Western Europe. The transaction is conditional on certain antitrust approvals and completion of employee consultation processes. 

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

Ahold's shareholders approved the company's proposal to return €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) to shareholders by way of a capital repayment and reverse stock split.

ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold's shareholders on Tuesday approved the company's proposal to return €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) to shareholders by way of a capital repayment and reverse stock split.

 Shareholders voted at an extraordinary general meeting held at Ahold's headquarters. The meeting was attended by 65 shareholders, representing approximately 657 million votes.

 

January 21, 2014

Bic Consumer Products has broadened its portfolio of razors with the new Bic Soleil Glow, which started hitting retail shelves this month.

SHELTON, Conn. — Bic Consumer Products has broadened its portfolio of razors with the new Bic Soleil Glow, which started hitting retail shelves this month.