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January 17, 2014

Target has signed a lease to open a 20,000-sq.-ft. location in Minneapolis that will serve as a test of a new format called TargetExpress, the New York Times reported.

NEW YORK — Target Corp. has signed a lease to open a 20,000-sq.-ft. location in Minneapolis that will serve as a test of a new format called TargetExpress, the New York Times reported. The new unit, considerably smaller than CityTarget’s 80,000- to 125,000-sq.-ft. footprint, would be the chain’s smallest store to date.

January 16, 2014

Beiersdorf AG, whose brands include Nivea and Eucerin, recorded sales growth in all its business segments in 2013.

HAMBURG, Germany — Beiersdorf AG, whose brands include Nivea and Eucerin, recorded sales growth in all its business segments in 2013.

January 16, 2014

An analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health found that only 35.7% of adults ages 18 to 64 years got the flu shot last season.

WASHINGTON — An analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health found that only 35.7% of adults ages 18 to 64 years got the flu shot last season. By comparison, 56.6% of children ages 6 months to 17 years old and 66.2% of seniors were vaccinated.  

"The trend of low vaccination rates among younger adults is particularly troubling this year, when they are more at risk than usual for the effects of the H1N1 strain of flu that's circulating," stated Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH.

January 16, 2014

Coty has announced that Brian Falcone will serve as SVP sales, overseeing all sales activities for Coty Beauty U.S. mass brands.

NEW YORK — Coty has announced that Brian Falcone will serve as SVP sales, overseeing all sales activities for Coty Beauty U.S. mass brands.

Falcone will be responsible for field sales, customer marketing, category management, wall strategy and fixture planning.

January 16, 2014

CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the kickoff of its annual Project Health wellness campaign, which will deliver more than $15 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities across the United States in 2014.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the kickoff of its annual Project Health wellness campaign, which will deliver more than $15 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities across the United States in 2014.

January 16, 2014

Kimberly-Clark's Depend brand has introduced a discreet incontinence solution. New Fit-Flex protection allows men and women to be as active as they want to be without fear of embarrassment, according to the company

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark's Depend brand has introduced a discreet incontinence solution. New Fit-Flex protection allows men and women to be as active as they want to be without fear of embarrassment, according to the company.

January 16, 2014

Unilever’s Dove Hair is celebrating the launch of its new Dove Advanced Hair Series collection with a three-day salon event at the film festival in Park City, Utah.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Dove Hair is celebrating the launch of its new Dove Advanced Hair Series collection with a three-day salon event at the film festival in Park City, Utah.

January 16, 2014

Easton Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced it is speeding up negotiations with an Ontario-based company toward forming a possible investment/partnership toward their medical marijuana initiatives, which includes participating in their government application for both a growers and distributorship license in Canada and other possible international initiatives.

TORONTO — Easton Pharmaceuticals on Thursday announced it is speeding up negotiations with an Ontario-based company toward forming a possible investment/partnership toward their medical marijuana initiatives, which includes participating in their government application for both a growers and distributorship license in Canada and other possible international initiatives. 

January 16, 2014

Merck on Wednesday commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation for approval of vorapaxar.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Merck on Wednesday commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee’s recommendation for approval of vorapaxar. Vorapaxar is the company’s investigational antiplatelet medicine for the reduction of atherothrombotic events, when added to standard of care, in patients with a history of heart attack and no history of stroke or transient ischemic attack.

January 16, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a warning that some cryogenic wart removers — which remove warts from the skin by freezing them off — have caught fire during use at home, harming consumers or setting fire to items around the house.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a warning that some cryogenic wart removers — which remove warts from the skin by freezing them off — have caught fire during use at home, harming consumers or setting fire to items around the house.

Since 2009, FDA has received 14 such reports about over-the-counter wart remover products. Ten patients have described singed hair, blisters, burns or skin redness, the agency stated.

January 16, 2014

Hamacher Resource Group announced on Thursday that it has enhanced some of the strategies and deliverables of its core monthly category management program, Temps, with a focus on improving the front-end profitability of independent pharmacies.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group announced on Thursday that it has enhanced some of the strategies and deliverables of its core monthly category management program, Temps, with a focus on improving the front-end profitability of independent pharmacies.

January 16, 2014

Helen of Troy, whose personal care portfolio includes Pert, Brut and Bed Head, has appointed Julien Mininberg, as CEO, effective March 1, the beginning of the company’s new fiscal year.

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy, whose personal care portfolio includes Pert, Brut and Bed Head, has appointed Julien Mininberg, as CEO, effective March 1, the beginning of the company’s new fiscal year.

Mininberg, who currently serves as CEO and president of Helen of Troy’s Healthcare/Home Environment segment (Kaz and PUR), will succeed Gerald Rubin, who is stepping down as CEO and president and resigning from the board, effective immediately, to serve as CEO of River Oaks Properties Ltd., an El Paso commercial real estate firms.

January 16, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to restore $85 million in Food and Drug Administration sequestered user fees.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to restore $85 million in Food and Drug Administration sequestered user fees.

January 16, 2014

Ahold on Thursday announced consolidated net sales of €7.5 billion (U.S. $10.2 billion) for fourth quarter 2013, a decrease of 1.1% at constant exchange rates compared to fourth quarter 2012.

ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold on Thursday announced consolidated net sales of €7.5 billion (U.S. $10.2 billion) for fourth quarter 2013, a decrease of 1.1% at constant exchange rates compared to fourth quarter 2012. 

 For the full year 2013, consolidated net sales were $44.3 billion, an increase of 2% at constant exchange rates compared to 2012. 

In the United States sales in the fourth quarter were down 2.1%, reflecting a contracting food market and the sales effect of Hurricane Sandy last year, the international grocer stated. 

January 16, 2014

Old Orchard for Kids, a line of reduced-sugar fruit juices, announced new flavor additions to its lineup.

SPARTA, Mich. — Old Orchard for Kids, a line of reduced-sugar fruit juices, announced new flavor additions to its lineup. Consumers can now enjoy grape, berry and fruit punch in addition to the existing apple flavor that was previously introduced.

January 16, 2014

Avignone Chemists, which is located in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, has sold its pharmacy business to CVS/pharmacy, according to a local news report.

NEW YORK — Avignone Chemists, which is located in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, has sold its pharmacy business to CVS/pharmacy, according to a local news report.

January 16, 2014

Pikato announced on Thursday the launch of its retail mobile marketing solution, which personalizes the customer shopping experience to increase consumer engagement and deliver measurable results. Sears and Kmart are the first companies to engage with the Pikato platform and have already seen mobile engagement rates soar 1,100%, according to Pikato.

TAMPA, Fla. — Pikato announced on Thursday the launch of its retail mobile marketing solution, which personalizes the customer shopping experience to increase consumer engagement and deliver measurable results. Sears and Kmart are the first companies to engage with the Pikato platform and have already seen mobile engagement rates soar 1,100%, according to Pikato.

January 16, 2014

SheaMoisture is expanding its portfolio with the new Tahitian Noni & Monoi hair straightening collection, which offers users the freedom to wear straight or curly hair styles.

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — SheaMoisture is expanding its portfolio with the new Tahitian Noni & Monoi hair straightening collection, which offers users the freedom to wear straight or curly hair styles.

The protein-based treatment products promise to smooth, soften and control frizz, leaving textured hair more manageable for up to four weeks.

January 16, 2014

A faculty member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been awarded a United States patent for an invention that tackles bacterial contamination.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Dr. Ronald Worthington, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, obtained U.S. Patent No. 8,563,293 for his invention to protect against bacterial contamination. 

January 16, 2014

Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study by Flavia Indrio of the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy, that was released earlier this week.

CHICAGO — Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study by Flavia Indrio of the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy, that was released earlier this week. 

January 16, 2014

Target is gearing up for spring with the launch of new Sonia Kashuk makeup, beauty tools and cosmetic bags available exclusively at Target beginning in March.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is gearing up for spring with the launch of new Sonia Kashuk makeup, beauty tools and cosmetic bags available exclusively at Target beginning in March.

This season, the makeup artist, who has had a creative partnership with Target since 1999, is bringing to her collection new formulas for flawless skin, luxe metallic shadows and bold brights for lips and cheeks. New eye and facial makeup includes:

January 15, 2014

With eight months until the doors open for the 2014 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo, 90% of the Exhibit Hall already is sold out for the trade show and strategic exchange, NACDS has announced.

ARLINGTON, Va. — With eight months until the doors open for the 2014 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo, 90% of the Exhibit Hall already is sold out for the trade show and strategic exchange, NACDS has announced.

The 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo will take place Aug. 23 to 26 at the Boston Convention Center in Boston.

January 15, 2014

Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014

A new drug for autoimmune diseases from Antares Pharma that the company calls the first of its kind is now available, the drug maker said Wednesday.

EWING, N.J. — A new drug for autoimmune diseases from Antares Pharma that the company calls the first of its kind is now available, the drug maker said Wednesday.

Antares announced the availability of Otrexup for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis in adults and polyarticular idiopathic arthritis in children. The company said the drug is the first Food and Drug Administration-approved subcutaneous methotrexate product for once-weekly self-administration. Otrexup, which the FDA approved in October, is available with a single-dose auto injector.

January 15, 2014

Unilever’s Axe brand has unveiled Axe Peace, both a new line of products and a campaign designed to bring young people together to affect change with a single act: a kiss.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Axe brand has unveiled Axe Peace, both a new line of products and a campaign designed to bring young people together to affect change with a single act: a kiss.