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January 21, 2014

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association responded to Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., recent call for the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require flow restrictors on all bottles of children's liquid medicines.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Monday responded to Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., recent call for the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require flow restrictors on all bottles of children's liquid medicines.

January 21, 2014

Kroger on Tuesday named Jay Cummins president of the Smith's Food and Drug Stores division and Joe Fey president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday named Jay Cummins president of the Smith's Food and Drug Stores division and Joe Fey president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division.

January 21, 2014

Digital coupon use is at an all-time high with more than 2 million Meijer shoppers now subscribed to the free mPerks program, and Meijer has made significant investments to make digital savings easier for its customers, the supermarket retailer announced Tuesday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Digital coupon use is at an all-time high with more than 2 million Meijer shoppers now subscribed to the free mPerks program, and Meijer has made significant investments to make digital savings easier for its customers, the supermarket retailer announced Tuesday.  

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer now has free Wi-Fi capability in all its stores, making it easier for customers to access their mPerks accounts and the Meijer mobile app, freeing up their smartphone data plans for other uses.

January 21, 2014

Novo Nordisk has launched a new insulin pen designed for children with diabetes.

NEW YORK — Novo Nordisk has launched a new insulin pen designed for children with diabetes.

The new NovoPen Echo is the first and only prefilled pen device in the United States that allows for half-unit dosing in combination with a memory function, the company said.

January 21, 2014

Par Pharmaceuticals Cos. on Tuesday announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire JHP Group Holdings, parent company of JHP Pharmaceuticals.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Par Pharmaceuticals Cos. on Tuesday announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire JHP Group Holdings, parent company of JHP Pharmaceuticals.

JHP is a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets branded and generic sterile injectable products. It currently markets a portfolio of 14 specialty injectable products, such as Aplisol and Adrenalin.

January 21, 2014

Revlon has tapped recording artist Carrie Underwood to join Almay as a global brand ambassador.

NEW YORK — Revlon has tapped recording artist Carrie Underwood to join Almay as a global brand ambassador.

Underwood will represent the full range of Almay products, including the newest 2014 launches. She will appear in global, multimedia campaigns spanning television, print, in-store, digital and social platforms. Underwood’s first campaign will break this week.

January 21, 2014

Stonyfield, an organic yogurt brand, on Tuesday announced two new additions to its line of Greek yogurts.

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Stonyfield, an organic yogurt brand, on Tuesday announced two new additions to its line of Greek yogurts: Black Cherry and Cafe Latte. 

January 21, 2014

New research published in the American Journal of Geriatrics on Monday found that more than 25% of bladder infections (cystitis) can be reduced with the regular use of cranberry concentrate supplements in vulnerable older people in nursing homes at high risk of urinary tract infections.

OUD-BEIJERLAND, The Netherlands — New research published in the American Journal of Geriatrics on Monday found that more than 25% of bladder infections (cystitis) can be reduced with the regular use of cranberry concentrate supplements in vulnerable older people in nursing homes at high risk of urinary tract infections. 

More than 20% of these high-risk elderly did not develop any UTI’s at all when taking the cranberry capsule.

January 21, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Teva will acquire NuPathe for $3.65 per share in cash.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical on Tuesday announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Teva will acquire NuPathe for $3.65 per share in cash, or approximately $144 million. In addition to the upfront cash payment, NuPathe shareholders will receive rights to receive additional cash payments of up to $3.15 per share if specified net sales of NuPathe's migraine treatment, Zecuity, are achieved over time.

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 21, 2014

Walgreens announced the official grand re-opening of its newest 24/7 flagship store, located in Union Square, Manhattan.

NEW YORK — Walgreens on Tuesday announced the official grand re-opening of its newest 24/7 flagship store, located in Union Square, Manhattan. The store, which will open at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 23, originally opened in 2001 and has now been renovated to feature Walgreens' new Well Experience format.

January 21, 2014

Yankee Candle has added five new fragrances to its lineup.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle Company, a manufacturer of scented candles, announced the introduction of five new fragrances to its lineup. The Exotic Escapes collection — now available at Yankee Candle stores, YankeeCandle.com and specialty retailers — seeks to take consumers away for a tropical excursion, the company said.  

January 20, 2014

Skin care brand Peter Thomas Roth has tapped actress Kelly Rutherford to be a global spokesmodel for the brand.

NEW YORK — Skin care brand Peter Thomas Roth has tapped actress Kelly Rutherford to be a global spokesmodel for the brand.

January 20, 2014

Bayer's Advantage Multi for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) received Food and Drug Administration approval as the first-ever treatment for circulating microfilaria in heartworm-positive dogs.

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Bayer's Advantage Multi for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) received Food and Drug Administration approval as the first-ever treatment for circulating microfilaria in heartworm-positive dogs. The approval was referenced in American Heartworm Society guidelines surrounding heartworm prevention and treatment.

January 20, 2014

According to published reports, Brookshire Brothers on Friday entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of David's Supermarkets, a 25-store chain located in North Central Texas.

LUFKIN, Texas — According to published reports, Brookshire Brothers on Friday entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of David's Supermarkets, a 25-store chain located in North Central Texas.

"We feel like these family-owned stores align with our core value that we are a celebration of family and community," stated Jerry Johnson, president and CEO of Brookshire Brothers.  

Brookshire Brothers operates 123 outlets including grocery stores, convenience stores, free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations.

January 20, 2014

To illustrate how beauty is being redefined and to mark the 10th anniversary of its “Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever’s Dove has partnered with the Sundance Institute and filmmaker Cynthia Wade on a documentary short film, “Selfie.”

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — To illustrate how beauty is being redefined and to mark the 10th anniversary of its “Campaign for Real Beauty,” Unilever’s Dove has partnered with the Sundance Institute and filmmaker Cynthia Wade on a documentary short film, “Selfie.”

January 20, 2014

Emmi-Tech, the distributor of the Emmi-dent Ultrasound toothbrush, has unveiled a new gluten-free, fluoride-free and paraben-free toothpaste called Nature.

LAS VEGAS — Emmi-Tech, the distributor of the Emmi-dent Ultrasound toothbrush, has unveiled a new gluten-free, fluoride-free and paraben-free toothpaste called Nature.

According to the company, the new Nature toothpaste creates nano-bubbles that are imploded by the ultrasound waves of the toothbrush to remove bacteria, plaque, tartar, small food scraps and stains.

January 20, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Mekinist (trametinib) in combination with Tafinlar (dabrafenib) to treat patients with advanced melanoma that is unresectable (i.e., cannot be removed by surgery) or metastatic (i.e., late-stage), Onco360 announced last week.

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Mekinist (trametinib) in combination with Tafinlar (dabrafenib) to treat patients with advanced melanoma that is unresectable (i.e., cannot be removed by surgery) or metastatic (i.e., late-stage), Onco360 announced last week. 

Both Mekinist and Tafinlar are only available in limited distribution, and Onco360 is one of the few pharmacies with access to both medications.

January 20, 2014

The Food Marketing Institute, a plaintiff in the litigation against the Federal Reserve’s interpretation of debit reform legislation by Congress under the Durbin Amendment, on Friday urged the Appeals Court to agree with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 decision.

WASHINGTON — The Food Marketing Institute, a plaintiff in the litigation against the Federal Reserve’s interpretation of debit reforms legislated by Congress under the Durbin Amendment, on Friday urged the Appeals Court to agree with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 decision. 

Judge Leon ruled that the U.S. Federal Reserve had “clearly disregarded” Congress’ intent “by inappropriately inflating all debit card transaction fees by billions of dollars.”

January 20, 2014

Kroger and Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Friday announced that the Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect to the pending merger transaction between the two companies.

CINCINNATI — Kroger and Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Friday announced that the Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect to the pending merger transaction between the two companies.

The early termination of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the pending merger, which remains subject to other customary closing conditions. Both companies expect the transaction to be completed before the end of January.

January 20, 2014

Jelly Belly will debut the new flavor at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and ISM in Cologne, Germany.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Company is set to unveil a new flavor to its collection: the Draft Beer Jelly Belly jelly bean. Jelly Belly will debut the new flavor at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and ISM in Cologne, Germany. The beer flavor has been a popular request by consumers for decades, the company said. 

January 20, 2014

Kroger's board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 16.5 cents per share to be paid on March 1, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 15.

CINCINNATI — Kroger's board of directors on Friday declared a quarterly dividend of 16.5 cents per share to be paid on March 1, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 15.

In September, the company's board of directors raised the quarterly dividend by approximately 10%, to 16.5 cents per share. Kroger has delivered double-digit compound growth in its dividend since it was reinstated in 2006. 

The company continues to expect an increasing dividend over time.

January 20, 2014

MopTop has announced the launch of two natural hair care lines — MopTop and FuzzyDuck — in Whole Foods supermarkets.

DALLAS — MopTop has announced the launch of two natural hair care lines — MopTop and FuzzyDuck — in Whole Foods supermarkets.

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 20, 2014

PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

CHICAGO — PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

The patented 3-in-1 design consists of a ponytail holder attached to a hair bun cover along with an integrated comb. In seconds, a woman can make a ponytail, tuck her hairdo inside the bun cover, and snug it firmly in place with the comb.